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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.  



An experimental success: entanglement & stranding response training in Oman

18 Nov 2015

The latest IWC entanglement training workshop has just finished in Oman, and has registered a number of significant ‘firsts’.  This was the first entanglement workshop on the Arabian Sea coast, expanding safe and effective entanglement response into a new region.  At the request of the Government of Oman, its remit was extended for the first time to cover both entanglement and stranding responses.  When 36 spinner dolphins were reportedly beached nearby, it also became the first of these workshops to handle a real stranding event.



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