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IWC Scientific Committee Meets in Bled

19 Apr 2018

Approximately 200 of the world’s leading cetacean scientists are gathering to review the latest research on a wide range of topics related to cetacean conservation and management information.

Successful conclusion to Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Group Workshop (ASWWG)

18 Apr 2018

Good progress has been reported from a workshop to improve the process and handling of Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling (ASW) quota renewals. ASW is conducted in some of the world’s most remote regions. It is community-based and does not seek to maximise either catches or profits. Regulation of aboriginal whaling is an important responsibility of the Commission, whose role is to ensure that the whale populations remain healthy, and the nutritional and cultural requirements of indigenous people are met.



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 87 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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