Sunday 23 January 2011

International Whaling Commission to meet in July

In preparation for the 63rd Annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC 63), the Sub-committees and Scientific Committee will meet during late May and early June 2011 in Tromsø, Norway.
IWC 63 will take place a month later at St Helier, on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, from July 11 to 14, following a private meeting of IWC Commissioners on the 10th.
The detailed meeting agenda is yet to be publicly released, although the future of the IWC is likely to be a major issue, as is Japan's scientific permit whaling in the Southern Ocean, given Australia's challenge in the Court of International Justice last year. [See News Item 12.01.11]

The Scientific Committee is expected to discuss assessment of the sub-population of humpback whales that winters off the western coast of Africa, referred to in the IWC as 'humpback whale Breeding Stock B'.


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