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Ongoing discussions and a Resolution regarding small cetaceans at IWC65

17 Sep 2014

Day Two of the 65th IWC meeting in Slovenia saw discussions ongoing on a wide range of issues.  The conservation committee reported increasing concern regarding collisions between ships and whales, and updated the Commission on a Conservation Management Plan in place for Southern Right Whales off the western coast of South America.  The Scientific Committee report on whale stocks was endorsed, and a Resolution seeking increased international collaboration on small cetaceans (dolphins and porpoises) was also adopted by vote (37 for, 15 against, 7 abstentions).


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