Picture courtesy of Paula Olson, under permit from the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Mexico
18 Nov 2014
Preparations are underway for the next phase of the IWC-POWER (North Pacific Whale and Ecosystem Research) programme. An international team of scientists have met in Tokyo to review the first five years of work, agree the work programme for the sixth research cruise, and begin planning for the next stage of the project.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) is the global intergovernmental body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling. It is set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling signed in 1946. The Commission has a current membership of 88 Governments from countries around the World.
In 1986 the Commission introduced zero catch limits for commercial whaling. This provision is still in place today, although the Commission continues to set catch limits for aboriginal subsistence whaling.
As well as keeping whale catch limits under review, the Commission works to promote the recovery of depleted whale populations by addressing a range of specific issues. These include ship strikes, entanglement events, environmental concerns and establishing protocols for whalewatching.
The pages on this website provide detailed information about the Commission, its meetings, decisions and its current work to conserve and manage whale populations throughout the world.
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