Southern Ocean Research Partnership
The Southern Ocean Research Partnership (SORP) is an integrated, collaborative consortium for non-lethal whale research, which aims to maximise conservation outcomes for Southern Ocean whales through an understanding of the post-exploitation status, health, dynamics and environmental linkages of their populations, and the threats they face. The partnership maintains an integrated and responsive relationship with the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and its priorities. SORP was endorsed by the Scientific Committee of the IWC at its Annual Meeting in June 2009.
Scientists participating in SORP are developing and applying novel, powerful, non-lethal research methods including acoustic techniques, tagging devices, photography and satellite tracking methods, tissue sampling and sophisticated genetic techniques, as well as important ecological theory and analyses.
Current Partnership members include: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and the United States.
The SORP warmly welcomes new partners to formally commit to participation in this exciting initiative.
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