SAWDN is run under
the auspices of the Department of Environment - Oceans & Coasts
The Network works through an Executive Committee of 12 officers
from various organisations. Members of the Rock Lobster Industry
also serve on the executive committee, which is chaired by Nan
Rice (DAPG) and the vice-chairman, Mike Meyer, a marine scientist
(Oceans & Coasts), who is also Director of Operations &
Training. Donations towards SAWDN operations are channelled through
the Dolphin Action & Protection Group, which has administered
this funding over the past four years, and together with O&C
and the Sharks Board KZN has paid for a great deal of disentanglement
and safety equipment, apart from helping to fund training sessions
in various places. Tsitsikamma Crystal, a water bottling company
that carries DAPG's SAVE THE WHALES logo, donates a percentage
of its sales to the Group on a quarterly basis, has also donated
funds which have paid for equipment and helped with training sessions.
DAPG does a large amount of the administrative work for SAWDN,
which includes circulating information to volunteers, minutes
of meetings, organising meetings and dealing with correspondence.
INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION (IWC)
WORKING GROUP ON KILLING METHODS & ASSOCIATED WELFARE ISSUES.
Background: At the 2007 IWC meeting, attention was drawn to the suffering caused by large whales through entanglement in fishing gear. The Commission subsequently agreed by consensus that a one-day workshop should be held in conjunction with the 2008 IWC meeting to address welfare issues associated with entrapped large cetaceans that cannot be released alive.
Workshop was held at the Hawaiian Islands: Humpback
Whale National Sanctuary in Maui, Hawaii from 13-15 April 2010.
Mike Meyer received a formal invitation from the IWC Secretariat
to attend; as he has valuable experience in disentangling large
whales as well as euthanasing stranded cetaceans. The value of
Workshops such as the foregoing is to liaise with various experts
and exchange information. The Workshop Report was tabled at the
62nd IWC meeting in late June 2010. Because the 2010 IWC Workshop
proved so informative, at the 2011 IWC Meeting the Working Group
and the Commission endorsed a proposal by Australia, Norway and
the USA to take forward recommendations from the Workshop. Short-term
initiatives include: convening a 2nd Workshop; beginning capacity
building in identified countries and regions and establishing
a standing group of experts to advise member countries upon request.
Hawaiin Workshop was so successful, the IWC Working Group and
the Commission endorsed a propsal by Australia, Norway and the
USA at the 2011 IWC meeting to take forward recommendations that,
among other things, a 2nd Workshop be convened. This took place
at the end of October 2011 and was once again attended by invited
on the proceedings of these workshops can be obtained by accessing
the IWC's Website.