Legislative instrument details: ICRW

Legal name International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling
Short name ICRW
CELEX reference
Identification number
Issued by International Whaling Commission
URL to issuer http://www.iwcoffice.org
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 10/11/1948
Abstract The purpose of the ICRW is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry. The Convention set up the International Whaling Commission (IWC) for the control of whaling, both from land-stations and by pelagic operations. The main duty of the IWC is to keep under review and revise as necessary the measures laid down in the Schedule to the Convention, which govern the conduct of whaling throughout the world. These measures provide for the complete protection of certain species; designate specified areas as whale sanctuaries; set limits on the numbers and size of whales which may be taken; prescribe open and closed seasons and areas for whaling; and prohibit the capture of suckling calves and female whales accompanied by calves. The compilation of catch reports and other statistical and biological records is also required. In addition, the Commission encourages, co-ordinates and funds whale research, publishes the results of scientific research and promotes studies into related matters such as the humaneness of the killing operations.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
EC entry into force
EC accession
Convention secretariat IWC Secretariat (in Cambridge, UK)