International cooperation exists at several levels: governmental, non-governmental organization, university, or a combination of any of these. These partnerships involve the sharing of research results and tools, tracking of species and collaborations on research projects.
Some examples include:
- North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, which includes more than 200 individuals from various research and conservation organizations, shipping and fishing industries, technical experts, U.S. and Canadian government agencies, and state and provincial authorities, all of whom are dedicated to the conservation and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.
- “Route Fidelity during Marine Megafauna Migration” a research paper from 2017 featuring twelve researchers from New Zealand, Cook Islands, U.S. and Brazil.
- “The Recovery of North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, has been constrained by human-caused mortality”, a research paper from 2018 featuring ten researchers from U.S., Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina.
- European Commission – Environment, which includes all Member States of the European Union.
- International Whaling Commission – The International Whaling Commission (IWC) is the global body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling. The IWC currently has 89 member governments from countries all over the world. All members are signatories to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. This Convention is the legal framework which established the IWC in 1946.