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The 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 88 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. 

Uncertainty over whale numbers led to the introduction of a ‘moratorium’ on commercial whaling in 1986.  This remains in place although the Commission continues to set catch limits for aboriginal subsistence whaling.  Today, the Commission also works to understand and address a wide range of non-whaling threats to cetaceans including entanglement, ship strike, marine debris, climate change and other environmental concerns.  



Prestigious award for IWC funded scientist

28 Jan 2016

The Society for Marine Mammalogy has recognised the work of the Sarawak Dolphin Project’s Cindy Peters.  A short talk given by Cindy to the Society’s Convention last December has earned the J Stephen Leatherwood Award. The Sarawak Dolphin Project received funding from the IWC’s Small Cetaceans Voluntary Fund, supporting its work to assess the threats, particularly from fishing, to dolphin and porpoise species in Kuching Bay, Malaysia.



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