Skip to content
All articles
  • All articles
  • About whales & dolphins
  • Create healthy seas
  • End captivity
  • Fundraising
  • Green Whale
  • Prevent bycatch
  • Prevent deaths in nets
  • Stop whaling

It’s Time To Breach The Snake River Dams

The Snake River dams were controversial even before they were built.  While they were still...
Save the whale. Save the world.

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins, and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Nat Geo for Disney+ Luis Lamar

Five Facts About Orcas

Orcas, also known as killer whales, are one of the most recognizable and popular species...
Alexi Archer cropped

Meet the 2022 Interns: Alexi Archer

I am thrilled to welcome Alexi to WDC as the newest member of our Marine...
Saya

Meet the 2022 Interns: Saya Butani

I'm happy to welcome the newest member of the WDC team, Saya Butani, who is...
Block Island wind credit: Regina Asutis-Silvia

Offshore Wind: Don’t Blow It

Recently, new areas were added to the growing list of potential sites for offshore wind...
Sierra

Meet the 2022 Interns: Sierra Osborne

I'm delighted to introduce WDC's Conservation Education intern for Summer 2022, Sierra Osborne! Without hesitation,...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...

IWC 2012 is upon us

Our scientific colleagues will point out that the IWC began for them some weeks ago, indeed the IWC Scientific Committee has been meeting in closed session for quite some time now in Panama. The rest of the WDCS team is on its way to attend this week’s forthcoming technical committee meetings and working groups.

Some would say that this is where the real work is done, but this year’s plenary session promises to be either a damp squib if Japan and her allies once again just ‘upsticks’ and walk out of the meeting, or something quite different if there is a real debate about Greenlands increasingly commercial whaling.

But lets guess that Japan will not just walk out as it never likes to miss an opportunity to bring pressure on the USA whenever the Alaskan Inupiat quota is up for debate. Japan is quite happy to threaten the susbsistance whaling quota of the Inupiat if they can further the aims of the few Japanese whaling companies that are left. So lets see. You can follow the whole meeting here on the WDCS website.

The IWC meetings this week are as follows.

Monday 25th June:        Working Group on Whale Killing Methods and Associated Welfare Issues, Infractions Sub-committee and the Budgetary     Sub-committee (not open to GO/IGO/NGO observers)

Tuesday 26th June:       Conservation Commitee

Wednesday 27th June:   Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Sub-committee and the Working Group to consider the role of observers at meetings of the Commission

Thursday 28th June:     Finance and Administration Committee (not open to GO/IGO/NGO observers)

Monday 2nd-6th July:     Annual Meeting of the IWC

All the meetings are taking place at the

Hotel El Panamá
Vía España 111,
Street Eusebio A. Morales
P.O. Box 0816-06754
Panamá, Rep. de Panamá