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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.


Expanding entanglement response capability for endangered Southern right whales in the western South Atlantic.

17 Jun 2019

An IWC entanglement response training has successfully completed  in Puerto Madryn, Argentina.  The training was  one of the actions under a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for this endangered population.


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