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The International Whaling Commission - IWC

The IWC was established in 1946 as the global body responsible for management of whaling and conservation of whales. Today the IWC has 88 member countries. The mandate has not changed but many new conservation concerns exist and the IWC work programme now also includes bycatch & entanglement, ship strikes, ocean noise, pollution and debris, and sustainable whale watching.


IWC launches recruitment for new Executive Secretary

21 days ago

After five busy years, Dr Rebecca Lent has decided to stand down as Executive Secretary in 2023.  The Commission is therefore recruiting for Dr Lent’s successor.

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