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IWC Bycatch Coordinator recruitment:

The IWC is recruiting for the position of Bycatch Coordinator - for further details please click here

 
 
 

IWC-POWER Research Ship returns to Japan

5 Oct 2017

The 8th annual IWC-POWER research cruise has concluded successfully after 12 weeks at sea.  The International Whaling Commission - Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research (IWC-POWER) programme is a long-term, international collaboration studying cetacean populations in the North Pacific, including some areas which have not been surveyed for 40 years. 

 

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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