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IWC Meets in May
The International Whaling Commission holds its 59th Annual Meeting May 7 to May 31, 2007, in Anchorage, Alaska. Some more specific meeting dates are:

  • Scientific Committee meets May 7- 18;
  • Conservation Committee meets May 22;
  • Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Sub-committee meets May 23;
  • Infractions Sub-committee meets May 24; and
  • Full Commission meets May 28 - 31
All IWC meeting documents available to download can be found at

Of particular interest is the IWC Chair's Summary of the Conference on the Normalization of the IWC. This conference was held in Tokyo in February 2007. The Summary begins with the following paragraph:
    "Japan's [IWC] Commissioner Morimoto opened the meeting and welcomed participants. He stated that the aim of the Conference was to discuss and recommend specific measures to restore the IWC as an effective resource management organization in accordance with its mandate prescribed by the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Mr. Morimoto expressed his view that it was unfortunate that a number of IWC member countries had decided to boycott the conference which was intended to promote dialogue and reduce the conflictive nature of the discourse that has become entrenched within the IWC."
Also of interest is the document submitted by New Zealand entitled "Chair's Summary - Symposium on the State of the Conservation of Whales in the 21st Century. This conference was held in New York, in April 2007. This summary begins with the following paragraph:
    " More than 60 people (see Annex 1) from around the world gathered in New York at the United Nations to analyze options for the conservation of whales, specifically exploring policies for resolving the current impasse over commercial and scientific whaling at the International Whaling Commission. "
  • Click here to access IWC Annual Meeting website

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