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Latest news

Third virtual meeting of the IWC Scientific Committee begins

25 Apr 2022

The IWC Scientific Committee begins its annual meeting today.   This will be the third virtual gathering of the Committee since the start of the global pandemic in 2020, and the Committee has worked hard to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on its busy and challenging agenda.

IWC workshop: the value of whales to the ecosystem

17 Mar 2022

In April, the IWC is holding a workshop on the Socio-Economic Values of the Contribution of Cetaceans to Ecosystem Functioning.  Guest speakers and participants include social scientists and economists as well as specialists in marine ecology and cetacean biology.  

Climate Change Workshop report is published

7 Mar 2022

In December, the Scientific Committee held the fifth in a series of workshops on climate change.  An expert group gathered virtually to review the latest scientific research and assess both observed and predicted effects of climate change on cetaceans, including on their prey and habitats.

75 years of the IWC

1 Dec 2021

The IWC commemorates its 75th anniversary on December 2nd 2021.  The Commission and its wider network of collaborators, supporters and observers will again come together virtually to reflect on an evolutionary 75 year journey and the challenges faced today and into the future.

Fifth IWC Workshop on Climate Change and Cetaceans will focus on increased efforts and collaboration

26 Nov 2021

The fifth in a series of climate change workshops begins on 29 Nov.  Reflecting the importance of the subject, it is the first IWC expert workshop to be live streamed on the Commission's YouTube channel.

Pollution 2025: Intersessional Workshop

21 Oct 2021

The Scientific Committee of the IWC is holding a virtual workshop on the new Pollution 2025 initiative, focused on cumulative effects and multiple stressors.

IWC-POWER completes twelfth successful research voyage

4 Oct 2021

IWC-POWER is an international collaboration and its latest research cruise has reported a successful voyage, covering areas of the North-east Pacific and Bering Sea.

Special Virtual Meeting: Actions on Voting Rights and the Plight of the Vaquita

22 Sep 2021

The report of the IWC Virtual Special Meeting is published today. The virtual meeting took place over two days at the beginning of September and focused only on urgent matters which could not be delayed for a year.

75 years of recommendations: the IWC’s new, public database

20 Sep 2021

As the IWC commemorates its 75th anniversary, it is launching a new database capturing all the recommendations made by the Commission and its main sub-groups.

Annual IWC-POWER research cruise sets sail from Shiogama, Japan

2 Aug 2021

The 12th international research cruise in the IWC-POWER series embarked today from Shiogama.   This is the latest stage in a long-term programme to determine the status of populations of the large whales found in North Pacific Waters, some of which have not been surveyed for several decades.

JCRM relaunch - a long-standing journal for today’s digital age

1 Jul 2021

The IWC’s Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (JCRM) is formally relaunched today.  Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the IWC, the comprehensive update includes new layouts, increased visibility, and more user-friendly processes for submission and review.

Available now: IWC Scientific Committee meeting report for 2021

21 Jun 2021

The IWC Scientific Committee today publishes the report of its annual meeting – and beats all previous attendance records with nearly 600 participants.