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THE MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION COMPENDIUM

MULTILATERAL / MARINE MAMMALS
Volume(s) 1-3; pages 1506-1508


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Amendments to the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, Tokyo, 1977


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Done at Tokyo 7 December 1977


Entered into force 21 March 1978


Primary source citation: 29 UST 2874, TIAS 8983


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Whaling: Amendments to the Schedule to the International Whaling Convention of 1946

INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION THE RED HOUSE, STATION ROAD, HISTON, CAMBRIDGE CB4 4NP TELEPHONE: 022023 3971 TELEGRAMS: INTERWHALE CAMBRIDGE

CHAIRMAN ARTHUR G BOLLEN (AUSTRALIA) VICE-CHAIRMAN THORDUR ASGEIRSSON (ICELAND) SECRETARY RAY GAMBELL

21 MARCH 1978

RG/DG/5532

CIRCULAR COMMUNICATION TO CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS

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

The Secretary refers to his circular letters of 20 December 1977 and 36 January 1978 (ref: RG/PRP/1471 and 1563) notifying Contracting Governments of the amendments to the Schedule of the Convention agreed at the Special Meeting of the Commission held in Tokyo, 6-7 December 1977. No objections have been received to the amendments, a copy of which is enclosed, and they therefore become binding on all Contracting Governments from 21 March 1978. A revised edition of the Schedule is being printed and will be circulated shortly.

The Secretary requests an acknowledgement of this communication, a copy of which is being sent to all Commissioners.

Dr. R. Gambell Secretary to the Commission

AMENDMENTS TO THE SCHEDULE

At the Special Meeting held in Tokyo, 6-7 December 1977, the Commission adopted the following amendments to the Schedule dated November 1977. (A) Paragraph 7

Add new sub-paragraph:

(d) Geographical boundaries in the North Pacific

(1) Western Division

West of a line from the ice edge south along the 180 meridian of longitude to 180, 50N, then east along the 50N parallel of latitude to 170W, 50N, then south along the 170W meridian of longitude to 170W, 40N, then east along the 40N parallel of latitude to 160W, 40N, then south along the 160W meridian of longitude to the equator.

(2) Eastern Division

East of the line described in (1).

(B) Paragraph 11

Amend to read (new wording underlined):

Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 8 the taking of 10 humpback whales not below 35 feet (10.7 metres) in length per year is permitted in Greenland waters provided that whale catchers of less than 50 gross register tonnage are used for this purpose, and the taking of gray whales, and of bowhead whales from the Bering Sea stock, by aborigines or a Contracting Government on behalf of aborigines is permitted, but only when the meat and products of such whales are to be used exclusively for local consumption by the aborigines and further provided, with respect to the Bering Sea stock of bowhead whales that:

(a) in 1978, hunting shall cease when either 18 have been struck or 12 landed,

(b) It is forbidden to strike, take or kill calves or any bowhead whale accompanied by a calf.

(C) Table 2. NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

Amend to read (changes underlined):

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE1978 season

"NORTHERN HEMISPHERE, 1978 SEASON

 

Males

Females

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classification

Catch limit

Classification

Catch limit

 

 

 

 

 


North Pacific

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Western Division

SMS

2,987

SMS

784

 

 

 

 

 


Eastern Division

IMS

2,118

IMS

555

 

 

 

 

 


North Atlantic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classification

Catch limit

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMS

685"

 

 

(D) Paragraph 17

Add new sub-paragraph:

(c) It is forbidden to take or kill any sperm whale over 45 feet (13.7 metres) in length in the North Pacific Ocean and dependent waters south of 40 North latitude during the months of March to June inclusive.