||International Whaling Commission
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||The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry. The main duty of the IWC is to keep under review and revise as necessary the measures laid down in the Schedule to the Convention which govern the conduct of whaling throughout the world. These measures, among other things, provide for the complete protection of certain species; designate specified areas as whale sanctuaries; set limits on the numbers and size of whales which may be taken; prescribe open and closed seasons and areas for whaling; and prohibit the capture of suckling calves and female whales accompanied by calves. The compilation of catch reports and other statistical and biological records is also required.
In addition, the Commission encourages, co-ordinates and funds whale research, publishes the results of scientific research and promotes studies into related matters such as the humaneness of the killing operations.
||[08 Jun 1937] International Agreement for the Regulation of Whaling
[24 Jun 1938] Protocol to the International Agreement for the Regulation of Whaling
[26 Nov 1945] Protocol to the International Agreement for the Regulation of Whaling
[02 Dec 1946] International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (entered into force 10 Nov 1948).
[19 Nov 1956] Protocol to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (Amended).
The Commission contributed to the elaboration of the 1984 UNEP–FAO Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Management, and Utilization of Marine Mammals and has part of the responsibility for its implementation.
|Antigua and Barbuda||member||01-Jan-1970|
|Germany, Fed. Rep.||member||01-Jan-1970|
|Korea, R. of||member||01-Jan-1970|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||member||01-Jan-1970|
|Saint Vincent & the Grenadines||member||01-Jan-1970|
|USA (contiguous states)||member||01-Jan-1970|
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