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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.

Recent Reports:



Available now: report of the 2020 (virtual) meeting of the IWC Scientific Committee

7 Jul 2020

The report of the IWC Scientific Committee’s annual meeting is published today. Covid-19 prevented the world’s leading cetacean scientists from meeting in-person for the first time since 1955 but the Committee still found ways to discuss priority issues and provide advice to the Commission.


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