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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 89 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.


Scientific Committee workshop: western North Pacific common minke whales

25 Feb 2019

The Scientific Committee today begins a review of minke whales in the western North Pacific this month.    The process, known as an ‘Implementation Review’ is expected to take at least two years to complete and aims to assess the numbers and structure of this population.


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