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Voluntary Fund for Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling

The Voluntary Fund for Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling (ASW) was established by the Commission at its meeting in 2012. The aim of the fund is to assist subsistence hunts in achieving compliance with IWC measures. These measures span a range of issues including hunter safety, reporting processes and weapons improvement programmes which reduce animal suffering and increase efficiency during these hunts.

To date, generous contributions from the governments of Denmark and the USA have enabled a wide variety of experts and stakeholders to attend an expert workshop aimed at improving the management of ASW at the Commission. This fund may also be used to support scientific research into areas, species or populations that have subsistence hunts, to improve the efficiency of killing methods and hunter safety, and to facilitate technical exchange between the different hunts.

Contributions to the fund can be made by member governments, other inter-governmental organisations and other organisations with an interest in Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, and donations (excluding those from member governments) are subject to the Commission’s acceptance procedures. Transparency is also important and all member governments are notified when a contribution is received, and also notified each time that money from the voluntary fund is spent.  

If you are interested in donating

to the Voluntary Fund for Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling please refer to the  Guidelines on Acceptance of Funds and contact the IWC at

To view the Guidelines for the Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling fund click here.

For more information on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling click here.

To view a table of donations to IWC voluntary funds, click here.