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A wide variety of topics on day two of the IWC Plenary

25 Oct 2016

A varied agenda at the second day of the IWC Plenary which began with a vote and introduced five Resolutions.  Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, a fundamental responsibility of the IWC, was also on the agenda, and a Memorandum of Cooperation on the critically endangered western gray whale gain two new signatories .



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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.  


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