What is the IWC?

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was created in Washington DC on December 2nd 1946 under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. The IWC says that the International Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and therefore make it possible for the orderly development of the whaling industry. The purpose for the IWC is to keep under review and revise as necessary the measures laid down in the Schedule to the International Convention. The International Whaling Commission has met once a year every year since 1949 (Learn more about the IWC here).

Member states of the International Whaling Commission (in blue).

Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Lokal Profil

Southern Ocean Sanctuary

The International Whaling Commission established the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 1994. The sanctuary surrounds Antarctica and bans all types of commercial whaling in the area.

There has been dispute over the legality of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with Japan completely disregarding the outline and hunting under false pretenses of scientific research. It is important that IWC upholds the rules of the sanctuary and continues to protect whales.

ASOC attends meetings of the IWC as an observer. Recent submissions related to IWC meetings are:

ASOC Report on IWC 62 (2010)

ASOC's Management Plan for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary