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Latest news

 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. 

Emergency Response and Capacity Building on the agenda at IWC Strandings Workshop

11 May 2023

The Strandings Initiative Expert Panel has concluded an intensive but successful 3-day workshop in Venice. The workshop focused on two priority areas: emergency response and capacity building.

Starting today: the IWC Scientific Committee meeting

24 Abr 2023

The IWC Scientific Committee begins its annual meeting today. Due to Covid-19, this is the first time in four years that members of the Committee are able to gather in-person. 

Franciscana aerial surveys underway in Uruguay

22 Mar 2023

In March, a multi-agency team began the field work stage of the project "Franciscana dolphins aerial surveys in Uruguay: overcoming a challenge".

IWC General Principles for Whale Watching: additional support for operators, regulators & travellers

8 Mar 2023

The IWC has published new General Principles for Whale Watching, a 4-page summary that forms part of a wider package of IWC work to assess and minimise the impacts of whale watching on individual animals, populations and their habitat.

Seismic survey questionnaire

21 Feb 2023

A new IWC survey aims to build a clearer picture of the scale, location and nature of marine seismic surveys conducted for hydrocarbon exploration. The survey will ask government agencies, private companies, research institutions and non-governmental organisations to provide information on survey activity at any point in the next five years.

Published today: Chair’s Report of the 2022 IWC Meeting

21 Dic 2022

The report of the IWC68 meeting is available now.  This was the first gathering of the Commission for four years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  A combination of sub-committee and plenary sessions, the meeting was held over nine days and the Chair’s Report summarises the discussions and outcomes.     

El Salvador joins the Global Whale Entanglement Response Network

13 Dic 2022

Los Cóbamos, Sonsonate was the location of El Salvador’s first large whale entanglement response workshop, held last month.  The training was facilitated by the IWC and conducted by members of the Mexican Whale Disentanglement Network (RABEN) who also provided specialist equipment. 

Focus on collaboration and coordination at FAO Regional Secretariat’s Organisation

30 Nov 2022

The IWC is participating in a second regional consultation of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Regional Secretariats’ Network, taking place in Accra, Ghana this week.

Stakeholders gather in Oman to discuss conservation, development and the Arabian Sea humpback whale

28 Nov 2022

The IWC is participating in a workshop in Muscat, Oman that will consider how conservation can complement development in the Arabian Sea, particularly in the context of the Arabian Sea humpback whale.

IWC resumes in-person entanglement response training in Italy

15 Nov 2022

After a 2-year pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the IWC has resumed in-person entanglement response training with the first workshop completed in Chioggia, Italy.