WWF will work globally to implement three main strategies to create the enabling conditions to reduce cetacean bycatch:
1. Collaboration: Sharing lessons through partnerships and outreach. This problem cannot be solved by one organization, or one government, alone. WWF is uniquely placed because of our global network and global reach. We work with local communities, governments, the private sector, and international organisations to find pragmatic solutions to support our conservation goals. WWF offices around the world have valuable experience and lessons to share with others, and WWF can also disseminate best practices and innovations from around the world through our global network and partnerships.
2. Providing evidence and tools for bycatch monitoring and reduction: Scientists and fishers around the world are trialing both high- and low-tech methods to more effectively monitor and reduce bycatch. But these innovations are often fragmented and need to be available and implemented through a more holistic approach, at a global scale. Governments and fisheries need better access to guidelines and tools to help them choose the strategies to document, regulate and reduce bycatch most appropriate to their circumstances. WWF is in a unique position to partner with other organisations to collate information on best practices and to generate case studies, model regulations and mitigation tools easily accessible through user-friendly online portals and databases.
3. Advocacy and influence: Integrating bycatch reduction into governance - from local to global. Best practices must be widely shared and their implementation encouraged and supported. As a global NGO with a proven track record of effective advocacy and public engagement, WWF can play a leading role in raising awareness of the risk that bycatch poses and the solutions that governments and fisheries bodies can use to reduce or eliminate this threat.