2007 IWC Meeting

The International Whaling Commission's 59th annual meeting in Anchorage, USA 2007

June 1, 2007 - The final day opened early and was then immediately closed to observers so that a private commissioners meeting could convene. The meeting reopened a little later with a more decisive air and a renewed desire to move things along. Immediately Greenland's request for its increased aboriginal subsistence whaling quota was reopened and after some debate the issue was put to a vote and passed by 41 in favor, with 11 against and 16 abstentions. The meeting next revisited the issue of the future of the IWC and a decision to hold an intercessional meeting to further the discussion along.  FULL REPORT>>

May 31, 2007 - The third day was very long and ran late into the night. The Southern Atlantic Sanctuary proposal that had been held over from the previous day came up first. After further discussion, the proposed schedule amendment failed after a vote which required a three-fourth's majority. FULL REPORT>>

May 30, 2007 - The bulk of second day of the IWC meeting was spent discussing the much-anticipated aboriginal subsistence whaling quotas for native hunters in the United States, the Russian Federation, Denmark, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These five-year quotas were last due for renewal in 2002, and at that time, the quota for bowhead whales hunted by Alaskan natives was blocked by the pro-whaling nations. The quota later passed at a special meeting, where the United States for the first time voted in favor of a resumption of Japanese small type coastal whaling. It was widely anticipated that a repeat of the 2002 meeting would occur. FULL REPORT>>

May 29, 2007 - Currently, AWI's Susan Millward, D.J. Schubert and Serda Ozbenian are attending the International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.  The pro-whaling nations of the IWC are inching closer to overturning the ban on commercial whaling, and we are pushing the United States and other countries to step up and defend the whales.  With Iceland having already resumed commercial whaling and Japan now pushing for a lifting of the moratorium by seeking IWC approval for a resumption of its coastal commercial whaling, much is at stake.  FULL REPORT>>