Our Mission

The Cetacean Specialist Group promotes and facilitates the conservation of cetaceans worldwide. It functions as a catalyst, clearing house, and facilitator for cetacean-related research and conservation action. Our guiding premise is that conservation ultimately depends upon good science, and the group’s credibility and value are based on maintaining high standards of scientific rigor.

Key Positions

The current Co-Chairs of the CSG are Randall Reeves and Gianna Minton and the Deputy Chair is Gill Braulik. Barbara Taylor is the focal point of the Red List Authority, and, with Grant Abel, co-chair of Integrated Conservation Planning for Cetaceans (ICPC). There are seven regional coordinators: Asia – Brian Smith and Louisa Ponnampalam, Latin America – Enrique Crespo, Africa – Tim Collins, Mexico and Central America – Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, and Oceania – Elanor Bell and Mike Double.

IUCN – SSC Cetacean Specialist Group


The advice we provide relates mainly to the status of populations, abundance, trends, the effects of current or potential threats, and the efficacy of mitigation. Our emphasis is on the recovery of endangered species and populations, but we also recognize the importance of maintaining the full diversity of the cetaceans, which includes about 90 species and many subspecies and populations.

Our Website

This website provides details about CSG membership and leadership, summaries of the Red List status of cetaceans and the procedures for red listing, and updates on conservation issues considered important to CSG members and the wider world. News items can include articles drafted by CSG members, or those drafted by external individuals or organisations in collaboration with CSG members who have ensured that content is accurate and in keeping with CSG-led or supported conservation efforts.