IWC is an Inter-governmental Organisation whose purpose is the conservation of whales and the management of whaling.
The legal framework of the IWC is the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was established in 1946.
The commission is the pre-eminent global body responsible for the conservation and management of whales and leads international efforts to tackle the growing range of threats to whales globally, including by-catch, ship strikes, entanglement, noise, and whaling.
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