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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

IWC Workshop: Locating Ship Strike Hotspots

2 Apr 2019

An initiative to identify areas at high risk of collisions between whales and vessels will take important steps forward at a workshop in Greece this weekend. 

Scientific Committee workshop: western North Pacific common minke whales

25 Feb 2019

The Scientific Committee today begins a review of minke whales in the western North Pacific this month.    The process, known as an ‘Implementation Review’ is expected to take at least two years to complete and aims to assess the numbers and structure of this population.

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.

Statement on Government of Japan withdrawal from the IWC

14 Jan 2019

The International Whaling Commission has received notification that the Government of Japan will withdraw from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in 2019.


Launch of the global Whale Watching Handbook

30 Oct 2018

From today, an online handbook will equip anyone who wants to go whale watching with places to go and questions to ask.  A collaboration between the International Whaling Commission and the Convention on Migratory Species, the Whale Watching Handbook offers comprehensive and impartial advice to regulators and policy makers, the whale watching industry and members of the public.


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