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Media Resources

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

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.


IWC Plenary concludes in Florianopolis, Brazil

14 Sep 2018

Day Five of the IWC Plenary included a vote on the Government of Japan's Way Forward proposal and acknowledgement of the difficult differences and importance of dialogue and mutual respect.

Future direction of IWC & special permit whaling on IWC agenda

13 Sep 2018

A busy and varied agenda on Day Four of the IWC meeting included discussion two different proposals on the future of the Commission, special permit whaling and whale watching.  The meeting concludes tomorrow.  

Subsistence whaling catch limits & £50,000 for bycatch initiative

12 Sep 2018

Day Three of the IWC Plenary saw catch limits set for indigenous whaling, a Resolution on ecosystem functioning adopted by vote, consensus Resolutions on ocean noise and ghost gear and £50,000 for the Bycatch Mitigation Initiative.