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The IWC welcomes enquiries from the media.  As the international, inter-governmental organisation with responsibility for conservation of whales and management of whaling since 1946, we hold a significant amount of information which we are happy to share.



IWC News

Now published - report of the IWC Whale Watch Operators Workshop

5 Dec 2013

Earlier this year, the IWC brought together whale watch operators, scientists and government officials from over 20 countries.  The aim was to take forward work on a 5 year Strategic Plan and a web-based 'living handbook' for whale watching. The workshop sought input from all stakeholders.  A number of key recommendations were made and their report is now published.  For more information click here.

CMP Working Group Report Published

5 Dec 2013

The IWC Standing Working Group on Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) has reported on its meeting, held earlier this year in Brisbane, Australia.  CMPs were introduced by the IWC to improve conservation outcomes for the world's most at risk cetacean populations.  They are tailored, flexible tools which enable targeted management of human acitivities.  For more information click here.

Journal of Cetacean Research and Management moves online and open access

25 Nov 2013

The IWC has always placed great importance on science.  Its peer-reviewed Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (JCRM) has published scientific papers since 1999.  As part of the IWC's philosophy of making the best scientific information available to all, JCRM has now become an open access online journal and all past issues will be available online fron 25 November 2013.

Extending the global whale entanglement response network

25 Sep 2013

The entanglement response programme is moving on from Panama to St Martin in the Caribbean. Entanglement in fishing gear and marine debris is a serious animal welfare issue and the risk involved in attempting disentanglement is often under-estimated.  This global programme shares best practice and experience, combining classroom and hand-on teaching to build a network of trained entanglement response teams around the world.

IWC-POWER Whale Research Ship Coming to Shiogama, Japan

13 Sep 2013

The research vessel, Yushin-Maru No.3arrived in Shiogama Harbour on 9 September 2013 after completing the fourth annual IWC-POWER (International Whaling Commission - Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research) survey. This year’s survey began on 12 July 2013 when the ship departed Shiogama to survey the whales of the Eastern North Pacific.