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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.


Multi-faceted approach to protecting endangered southern right whales in the eastern South Pacific.

30 Jan 2019

The IWC has made important progress in efforts to protect an endangered population of southern right whales in the eastern South Pacific.  The work falls under a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) and includes a new acoustic monitoring programme, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, and training in entanglement and strandings response.


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