Amendments To The Schedule To The International Convention For The Regulation Of Whaling, Sixty-Fifth Meeting

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Amendments to the Schedule of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946

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[SB/JAC/31899 -- 7 October 2014 -- Circular Communication to Commissioners and Contracting Governments -- |WC.CCG.1132]

The 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission was held in Portoroz Slovenia, from 15-18 September 2014 with 64 Contracting Governments in attendance.

During the meeting the Commission adopted a proposal to amend Schedule paragraph 13(b) (3) in respect of catch limits for Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling around Greenland for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Additionally at the 65th meeting, no modifications were made to the provision for zero catch limits for commercial whaling with effect from the 1986 coastal and the 1985/86 pelagic seasons.

The following amendments to the Schedule are therefore necessary:

Paragraphs 11 and 12, and Tables 1, 2 and 3:

- Substitute the dates 2012/2013 pelagic season and 2013 coastal season for 2014/15 pelagic season and 2015 coastal season as appropriate.

- Update of fin whale catch number for West Greenland Stock in Table 1 and adjustment of the years referred by footnote 2.

Paragraph 13(b) (3)

- Changes to catch numbers and years referred.

- Removal of two editorial footnotes

A complete copy of the revised Schedule is included with this communication with adjustments highlighted in bold italic and removed footnotes in strike-through text.

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

The ninety days period will expire on 4 January 2015 [Ed: See Czech Republic objection below]. 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.

Therefore Contracting Governments are requested to acknowledge receipt of this communication through email to

Simon Brockington

Executive Secretary

c.c. Intergovernmental Organisation observers to the IWC

NOTE: IWC.CCG.1149: Amendments to the Schedule of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (1946) as adopted at the Commission's 65 th Meeting held in Slovenia,15-18 September 2014 Commissioners and Contracting Governments were notified of amendments to the Schedule of the ICRW adopted at IWC65 through Circular Communication IWC.CCG.1132 of 7 October 2014. The Government of the Czech Republic lodged an objection to these amendments within the prescribed 90 day notice period (see Circular Communication IWC.CCG.1139 of 5 January 2015) and this instituted an additional 90 day notice period during which any other Contracting Government could present objection to the amendments in accordance with the procedure given at Article V paragraph 3 of the Convention. This additional notice period expired on 4 April 2015. No further objections were received during the additional notice period. Therefore the amendments to the Schedule of the ICRW (1946) agreed at IWC65 in Slovenia became effective with respect to the Contracting Governments, with the exception of the Czech Republic, from 4 April 2015.