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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 88 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.

Recent Reports:


Bycatch Mitigation in the Indian Ocean: IWC workshop report published

14 Aug 2019

A  more systematic process of assessment, and focus on gillnets, are amongst key recommendations in the report of the IWC Bycatch Workshop, published today.   


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