The International Whaling Commission is an Inter-governmental Organisation whose purpose is the conservation of whales and the management of whaling. The legal framework of the IWC is the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. This Convention was established in 1946, making it one of the first pieces of international environmental legislation. All member countries of the IWC are signatories to this Convention. The IWC has a current membership of 88 Governments from countries all over the world.
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An important feature of the Convention is the emphasis it places on scientific advice. The Convention requires that amendments to the Schedule ‘shall be based on scientific findings’.