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Documents & Archives

The IWC was established in 1946 as the global authority on cetaceans, and continues to lead cetacean research and conservation as well as regulation of  whaling.  The organisation holds an extensive collection of current and historical information including scientific papers, catch and sightings data, and meeting records, transcripts and audio.  These files are publicly accessible and many are available via this website. 

In addition to the information available directly on this website, the IWC Portal enables users to access a wide range of current documents and data, and older documents and records are held in the IWC Archive.  

Live and Recent Meeting Documents

The portal has several functions for members of the IWC community and anyone interested in the current work of the organisation.  It is used by those participating in or wishing to know more about live and recent IWC meetings or workshops, as it contains the documents discussed at these events and other relevant information such as logistics, maps and timetables.  The majority of these meeting documents are subsequently transferred to the Archive (see below) and become part of the historical record of the IWC. 

The Portal also houses data such as the Ship Strikes Database which gathers reports of collisions between whales and vessels all over the world.  In addition, the Portal is used by researchers wishing to contact the IWC to request data or submit papers to the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. 

Anyone interested in the current work of the IWC is welcome to create an account and use the resources available on the Portal. 

https://portal.iwc.int

Historic Archive

The IWC Archive is an evolving depository of IWC documents and records and additional material is added whenever resources to do this become available. The archive currently contains a range of documents from previous meetings of the Commission, its Bureau and Scientific Committee, as well as copies of formal Circular Communications issued to all member governments, and most of the available Verbatim Records. The long-term aim is to offer digital versions of all IWC records and there are over seventy years of files to scan and upload before the collection is complete. 

https://archive.iwc.int