International Whaling Commission (IWC)

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© 1. NMFS NOAA; 2. IFAW / C. Carlson; 3. NOAA; 4. WWF-Canon / Morten Linhard; 5. WWF-Canon / Kevin Schafer; 6. WWF-Canon / William W Rossiter

The world's great whales were hunted to near extinction in the previous century, and despite a global moratorium on commercial whaling, several countries continue to whale commercially - Norway and Iceland using objections to the moratorium, Japan under the guise of 'scientific research'.


The International Whaling Commission is the body charged with regulating whaling, and increasingly dealing with the vast number of other threats to whales, dolphins and porpoises in our oceans such as shipping, climate change, and bycatch the incidental capture of these animals in fishing gear. WWF is working to make the IWC more effective in reducing all these threats to whales.

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