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International Convention for the Regulation of Whales (1946)


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An international convention that was signed in Washington, DC in December 1946, and is designed to safeguard whale stocks for future generations. It set up the International Whaling Commission and introduced regulations concerning: the conservation and utilization of whale resources, relating to protected and unprotected species; open and closed seasons; open and closed waters; the designation of sanctuary areas; size limits for each species; time, methods, and intensity of whaling (including the maximum catch of whales to be taken in any one season); types and specifications of gear and apparatus and appliances that may be used; methods of measurement; and catch returns and other statistical and biological records.

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