Southern Ocean Research Partnership

Remora approaching a blue whale; © Kylie Owen

The Southern Ocean Research Partnership (IWC-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. IWC-SORP was endorsed by the Scientific Committee of the IWC at its Annual Meeting in June 2009.

Scientists participating in IWC-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, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and the United States. IWC-SORP warmly welcomes new partners to formally commit to participation in this exciting initiative.

Call for Proposals

Following voluntary contributions to the IWC-SORP Research Fund from The Netherlands and Australia, we are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals.

Please download information regarding the application and review processes [PDF] associated with this Call for Proposals and an application pro forma [Word].

Both documents can also be requested directly from the IWC-SORP Secretariat (sorp@aad.gov.au).

The closing date for applications is 17 August 2016 (midnight UCT).

Data, protocol and resource sharing

The IWC-SORP ethos is one of open collaboration, communication and data sharing, so much of our work is publicly available. Visit the protocols, data sharing and resources page to download documents, forms, posters and flyers.

Media inquiries

All media inquiries should be directed to the Australian Antarctic Division media team on +61 3 6232 3253 or media@aad.gov.au.

General inquiries

General inquiries should be directed to sorp@aad.gov.au.

This page was last modified on July 26, 2016.