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THE MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION COMPENDIUM

MULTILATERAL / MARINE MAMMALS
Volume(s) 1-3; pages 1413-1414


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Amendments to the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, Oslo, 1950


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Done at Oslo 21 July 1950


Entered into force 1 November 1950


Primary source citation: 2 UST 11, TIAS 2173


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AMENDMENTS TO THE SCHEDULE TO THE INTERNATIONAL WHALING CONVENTION, 1946

As made at the second meeting of the Commission at Oslo, 1950

I hereby certify that, at its second meeting, held in Oslo in July, 1950, the International Whaling Commission, by resolution, made the following amendments to the Schedule to the International Whaling Convention signed in Washington on 2nd December, 1946. (a) Paragraph 6 of the Schedule shall read as follows:-

6. It is forbidden to use a factory ship or a whale catcher attached thereto for the purpose of taking or treating humpback whales in any waters south of 40 South Latitude; provided that, in the pelagic whaling season 1950-51 a maximum of 1,250 humpback whales may be taken in these waters commencing on February 1.

(b) Paragraph 8 (c) of the Schedule shall read as follows:-

8 (c). Notification shall be given in accordance with Article VII of the Convention, within two days after the end of each calendar week, of data on the number of blue-whale units taken in any waters south of 40 South Latitude by all whale catchers attached to factory ships under the jurisdiction of each Contracting Government; and in addition notification of data on the number of humpback whales taken in pursuance of paragraph 6 shall be given at the end of each day.

(c) Paragraph 8 (d) shall read as follows:-

8 (d). If it should appear that the maximum catch of whales permitted by sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph may be reached before 7th April, of any year, the Commission, or such other body as the Commission may designate, shall determine on the basis of the data provided, the date on which the maximum catch of whales shall be deemed to have been reached and shall notify each Contracting Government of that date not less than two weeks in advance thereof. The taking of baleen whales by whale catchers attached to factory ships shall be illegal in any waters south of 40 South Latitude after midnight of the date so determined.

(d) Existing paragraph 8 (e) shall be redesignated as paragraph 8 (f) and a new subparagraph (e) shall be inserted as follows:-

8 (e). On the basis of data on number of humpback whales taken in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 6 and reported in accordance with subparagraph 8 (c), the Commission, or such other body as the Commission may designate, shall determine the date on which the maximum catch of humpback whales shall be deemed to have been reached and shall notify each factory ship and each Contracting Government four days in advance thereof. The taking of humpback whales in all waters south of 40 South Latitude shall be illegal after midnight of the date so determined.

And I hereby further certify that these amendments were communicated to each and every Contracting Government by letter dated 27th July, 1950, and, no objections having been received, came into force on 1st November, 1950, the 90 days following the notification of the amendments to each Contracting Government, as prescribed by Article V of the International Whaling Convention 1946, being deemed to have expired on 31st October, 1950 at midnight, 24 hours.

12 December, 1950

A. T. A. DOBSON Secretary, International Whaling Commission