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.
3 May 2016
Scientists, policy makers, veterinarians and conservation practitioners are gathering to share expertise and information on important aspects of cetacean welfare. As part of the IWC Welfare Action Plan, two back-to-back workshops will bring together thirty five stakeholders from 14 different countries. A wide range of issues have the potential to impact on the welfare of cetaceans. The IWC has coordinated work to improve the humaneness of whaling operations since 1959 but the number of welfare threats has grown to include entanglement in fishing gear and marine debris, ship strike, whalewatching and pollution.
Scientific Committee 2016 - SC66b
The 2016 meeting of the IWC Scientific Committee will be held at the Golf Hotel, Bled, Slovenia from the 4th of June to the 20th of June.
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