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The International Whaling Commission (IWC)

The IWC is the global body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling.  The IWC currently has 88 member governments from countries all over the world.  

The Commission's role has expanded since its establishment in 1946.  In addition to regulation of whaling, today's IWC works to address a wide range of conservation issues including bycatch and entanglement, ocean noise, pollution and debris, collision between whales and ships, and sustainable whale watching.

Read a summary of current work programmes below:

IWC Intersessional Report 2016-18.

IWC67 Chair's Report 2018.


Small Cetaceans Task Team workshop: South Asian River Dolphins

17 Jul 2019

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is hosting a workshop focused on the Ganges and Indus river dolphins, known collectively as South Asian river dolphins.  These are categorised as endangered by the IUCN Red List, and face a range of threats including bycatch, pollution, and habitat loss as dams and barrages alter river courses.


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