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Latest news

Bycatch and illegal fishing on the agenda of a new, international collaboration

21 juin 2022

In June, the IWC will participate in a new, global initiative to increase co-ordination and co-operation amongst regional fisheries bodies.

Brazil hosts Conservation Management Plan Workshops for two vulnerable populations in the southwest Atlantic 

30 mai 2022

In June, the IWC will hold two workshops to progress IWC Conservation Management Plans. The first will focus on the Southwest Atlantic population of the Southern Right Whale and the second on the franciscana dolphin.  Each is a 2-day event and both will be held in Curitiba, Brazil.

Scientific Committee Implementation Review workshop

25 mai 2022

Members of the IWC Scientific Committee are meeting to assess new information on specific whale populations and consider whether this requires the group to conduct further work, specifically new computer simulation trials.

Third virtual meeting of the IWC Scientific Committee begins

25 avr 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 mars 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 mars 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.