In May, EIA and fellow NGO The Black Fish presented a paper to the Scientific Committee meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) highlighting the threat of illegal drift netting to populations of whales, dolphins and porpoises whereupon this information will be relayed to European ministers
The Environmental Investigation Agency and eight other NGOs have written to the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Kaj Leo Johannesen, to express their deep concerns about the high number of pilot whales killed there so far this year. In the year to August 24, 590 long-finned pilot whales have been killed.
Many issues are discussed, including the Conservation Commission, the IWC’s budget, Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling quotas and welfare issues. Most productive was the Conservation Committee, with its packed agenda demonstrating the evolution of the IWC from a ‘whalers’ club’ to an effective, modern conservation body