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Another IWC is over – Did we save some whales?

Once IWC is over and everyone is back home at their desks, something like the post conference blues sets in. The adrenalin rush of ten days packed with talks, negotiations, lobbying functions and votes is over and it's time to take stock and look at the results.

The discovery of a beaked whale on the coast of Buenos Aires

During the morning of this past Saturday, 22nd of October, we were contacted by the Argentinian Coastguard Prefectura Naval Argentina and authorities of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development asking for our help in the discovery of a cetacean floating on the edge of the coast in Vincente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

So how was the IWC for you?

So IWC66 ends with a celebration of whale-themed ties, which, believe it or not, was won by a Japanese delegate. He was sporting a bright Moby Dick themed tie. so I guess that, as it’s a whaling themed tie, the individual concerned may be allowed back into Japan’s Far Seas Fisheries building where their whaling plans are hatched.

Ross Sea receives long awaited protection

Shout it from the highest mountain in Antarctica: The Ross Sea, at last, has received protection. The nations of CCAMLR (the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources) have finally after years of discussion and negotiation agreed on a 1.55 million sq km core area of the Ross Sea to be protected. Some 1.12 million sq km will receive the highest level of protection.

Day Four of IWC 2016

As we mentioned yesterday, this is not a complete transcript but is intended to give a brief overview on the day's discussions. This is especially true today, when there was a break in the transmission from the meeting due to technical problems, so there may be gaps, for which we are sorry.

Day Three (afternoon) of IWC 2016

Agenda Item 10 Cetacean Habitat

10.1 State of Cetacean Environment (SOCER)

The Chair of the IWC Scientific Committee, Caterina, highlights elements of the Franciscana Action Plan.

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