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Latest news

Successful delivery of strandings response training across the Caribbean region

27 Nov 2023

The IWC Strandings Initiative has completed an extensive Caribbean training project in partnership with CARI’MAM, the Caribbean Marine Mammals Preservation Network.

World Shipping Council: Whale Protection Conference launches ‘Whale Chart’ navigation aid

13 Nov 2023

World Shipping Council (WSC) launch navigational aid designed to reduce ship strikes.

IWC and CMS collaborate for second workshop on Cetacean Ecosystem Functioning

8 Nov 2023

The second IWC-CMS joint workshop on Cetacean Ecosystem Functioning will be held in Bonn this month.

Latest entanglement response apprenticeships successfully completed

1 Nov 2023

Four Brazilian trainees have successfully completed advanced apprenticeships in entanglement response.

Large Whale Disentanglement Training in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

9 Oct 2023

The first large whale disentanglement workshop in Costa Rica has concluded successfully.

Workshop: In-depth Assessment for western North Pacific Minke

13 Aug 2023

Members of the Scientific Committee are meeting in Greece for a technical workshop as part of an In-depth Assessment for minke whales in the western North Pacific.




The IWC welcomes new Executive Secretary, Martha Rojas Urrego 

7 Aug 2023

Following a highly competitive recruitment process, the IWC has appointed Martha Rojas-Urrego as the new Executive Secretary.

First ever Extinction Alert from the IWC: the vaquita porpoise

7 Aug 2023

The plight of the vaquita porpoise has led to the first ever IWC Extinction Alert, a factual assessment that vaquita still have a chance - if a gillnet ban is immediately and effectively enforced.

Annual IWC Pacific Research Cruises Sets Sail

3 Aug 2023

The 14th international research cruise in the IWC-POWER series has departed from Shiogama, Japan.   

Contract awarded: Survey of Indigenous and Human Rights Instruments

2 Aug 2023

The Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Committee of the IWC has awarded a contract to conduct a survey of international indigenous and human rights instruments. 

 From population assessments to pingers and pearls: Scientific Committee reports on a wide-ranging meeting

30 May 2023

The report of the 2023 IWC Scientific Committee Meeting is available now and provides a comprehensive record of the group's research, discussions and recommendations. 

Tripartite entanglement response training at the Pelagos Sanctuary

22 May 2023

The latest entanglement response training workshop has taken place in Genoa, Italy.