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Amendments to the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, Auckland, 1988


Done at Auckland 3 June 1988

Entered into force 20 October 1988

Primary source citation: International Whaling Commission Circular Communication RG/VJH/17122, 22 July 1988


International Whaling Commission The Red House, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB4 4NP United Kingdom Telephone: Histon (022023) 3971 Telex: 817960

Chairman Mr. S. Irberger (Sweden) Vice-Chairman Dr. L. A. Fleischer (Mexico) Secretary Dr. Ray Gambell

22 July 1988

Our Ref. RG/VJH/17122

CIRCULAR COMMUNICATION TO COMMISSIONERS AND CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946 Amendments to the Schedule

At its 40th Annual Meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand, 30 May - 3 June 1988, the International Whaling Commission adopted the following amendments to the Schedule (changes in bold type):

1. In sub-paragraph 13(b)(1) replace the words ‘Bering Sea’ by ‘Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort Seas’

2. In sub-paragraph 13(b)(1)(i) replace the text by

‘For each of the years 1989, 1990 and 1991, the total number of whales struck shall not exceed 44 and the total number of whales landed shall not exceed 41, except that in 1988, 1989 or 1990, any unused strikes up to a maximum of 3 shall be transferred to the following year’

3. In sub-paragraph 13(b)(2) replace ‘1988’ by

‘each of the years 1989, 1990 and 1991’

4. Amend Table 1 to reflect an aboriginal catch limit of 60 for the West Greenland stock of minke whales, 23 for the West Greenland stock of fin whales, and 12 for the Central Atlantic stock of minke whales all with the footnote ‘Available to be taken by aborigines pursuant to paragraph 13(b)3.’

5. Revise paragraphs 11 and 12, and Tables 1, 2 and 3, by substitution of the dates 1988/89 pelagic season, 1989 coastal season, 1989 season, or 1989 as appropriate.

These amendments become effective with respect to each Contracting Government ninety days following the date of this letter, in accordance with Article V of the Convention, unless any Contracting Government lodges an objection, in which case the procedure under Article V, paragraph 3 of the Convention will be followed.

The ninety days period will expire on 20 October 1988. In the absence of objections by that date the amendments will become effective. Contracting Governments will be notified accordingly.

Contracting Governments are reminded that Article V paragraph 3 of the Convention requires them to acknowledge receipt of this notification of amendments, a copy of which is being sent to each Commissioner.

Dr R. Gambell Secretary to the Commission