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Executive Secretary Recruitment

Simon Brockington, the IWC’s current Executive Secretary, will step down from his role at the end of June after seven years in post.  The Commission is now commencing an international search to appoint his successor.  The role is the head of the Secretariat and is responsible for supporting the full range of activities undertaken by the Commission. 

Further details of the position, including a Candidate Information Pack, can be found here.


IWC entanglement and stranding response training for Sakhalin, Russia

12 Jun 2017

The latest IWC entanglement response training has concluded successfully in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia.  The long-term training programme is a partnership between the IWC and Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown (CCS).  This workshop was also supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) who provided an additional training component on strandings response.  




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.  


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