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Management & Conservation

This section contains information on the IWC’s wide-ranging management and conservation work programmes. Including:

  • Explanations of the three different types of whaling and the ongoing work that ensures Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling is sustainable, meeting conservation needs and the cultural and nutritional needs of indigenous communities.

  • Collaborative and multi-disciplinary programmes to raise awareness of threats and the actions that can be taken to address them, including on bycatch, ship strikes, ocean noise, marine debris and chemical pollution.
  • Training programmes and resources to share international best practice including in responding to entangled and stranded cetaceans, and sustainable management of whale watching.
  • Species-specific initiatives, working with governments and other stakeholders to support particularly vulnerable populations including Conservation Management Plans and Task Teams.
  • IWC conservation efforts focused on dolphins and porpoises, known as small cetaceans.

Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling

Regulation of aboriginal subsistence whaling is a core responsibility of the IWC. The Commission recognises that these regulations have the potential to impact significantly on traditional cultures and great care must be taken in discharging this responsiblity.  

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