Whaling Commission at impasse after failure to reach deal on controversial compromise

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting held last week in Agadir, Morocco, failed to reach agreement on a controversial proposal (see cfp-reformwatch.eu post: Sweden and Denmark push to allow commercial whaling), which aimed to find a solution to continued whaling by Iceland, Norway and Japan and bring all whaling into IWC control.

The proposal would have suspended the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling for 10 years if the three states accepted IWC quotas. For Japan this would have meant an end to so-called self allocated “scientific quotas” and accepting IWC commercial quotas, although these quotas would have significantly reduced the number of whales allowed to be killed.  The compromise would have also enabled Japan to continue killing whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, a move which proved a deal breaker for many pro-whale conservation countries.

With negotiations now at an impasse the IWC has decided a year’s “pause” for reflection on how to move forward.

The IWC did agree on allowing Greenlanders to extend their annual whale hunt to include humpbacks, despite resistance from some parties.

Whaling “peace deal” falls apart, BBC online article

Greenland gets green light to hunt humpback whales, AFP article

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