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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:


Entanglement response training in Scottish Highlands

31 Oct 2019

The latest entanglement response workshop has taken place in Ullapool, Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA).   

IWC hosts international biodiversity group

24 Sep 2019

This week the IWC will host the 14th meeting of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG).  The BLG brings together the eight inter-governmental conventions whose mandate includes protection of biodiversity. 


Member Map

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