Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1). Listed on Annex IV of the EC Habitats Directive. All whales are listed on Annex A of EU Council Regulation 338/97 and are therefore classed as if they are listed on Appendix 1 of CITES. Under the Fisheries Act of 1981 whaling is illegal in UK waters. All cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order, 1985. The UK recognises the authority of the International Whaling Commission in matters concerning whaling regulations (4).
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