Environmental News Service - October 5, 2009 - Twenty-six countries Friday issued a joint statement putting diplomatic pressure on Iceland to abandon whaling.
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Overfishing by Canadian and other countries' vessels has resulted has according to experts, resulted in the commerical depletion of some two thirds of the world’s 200 major fisheries. If the intensity and speed of overfishing continues at the current rate the balance are heading for eventual commercial collapse.
Cold weather and snow is making its’ seasonal appearance over much of Canada making it increasingly difficult for birds to find enough food. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) says that people and birds can both benefit when humans assist their feathered friends by supplying them with a continual supply of quality bird feed.
The International Whaling Commission is the international regulatory body for whaling on the open seas. It was created following the signing of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in Washington, DC in 1946. The first annual meeting of the IWC took place in London, UK in 1949. The main function of the IWC is to govern whaling practices by providing protection to species, designating whale sanctuaries, funding & promoting research on whales and determining quotas.
This year's Annual Meeting of the IWC is taking place on the island of Jersey, United Kingdom July 2011