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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

IWC67: discussions on Subsistence Whaling and vote on South Atlantic Sanctuary

11 Sep 2018

Day Two of the IWC biennial plenary meeting began with the presentation of a proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.  The proposal, which has been discussed at previous IWC meetings, was introduced by the Government of Brazil and co-sponsored by the Governments of Argentina, Gabon and South Africa, all range states for the proposed sanctuary.

IWC meeting opens with agreement on next steps for IWC Governance Review

10 Sep 2018

The Plenary session of the IWC biennial meeting opened today in Florianopolis, Brazil.  Over 400 delegates from member governments, other inter-governmental organisations, and non-governmental organisations will spend the next five days discussing a wide range of issues related to regulation of whaling and conservation of whales.  

IWC Plenary Meeting begins in Florianopolis, Brazil

9 Sep 2018

The 2018 IWC plenary meeting is beginning in the Brazilian coastal city of Florianopolis.  Over five days, the Commission will consider three proposed Schedule Amendment and eight Resolutions, as well as reports on the intersessional work of its six committees and working groups.  The meeting runs from Monday 10 to Friday 14 September.  Click here to watch a live stream of the meeting.

Marine Mammal Bycatch on the agenda at FAO

18 Jul 2018

The IWC welcomed the opportunity to attend the FAO's Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meeting, held in Rome this week. Discussions included marine mammal bycatch and the need for best practice for prevention and management. It was agreed by the Committee that the FAO should proceed with developing best practice technical guidelines on how to mitigate marine mammal bycatch.

Entanglement Response Experts Meet in Provincetown, USA

5 Jun 2018

The IWC is holding its fourth workshop on large whale entanglement in June. Experts from around the world will gather at the Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, to tackle a full agenda which includes a review of entanglement response capacity building, long-term entanglement mitigation, and safety of response teams.