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THE MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION COMPENDIUM

MULTILATERAL / MARINE MAMMALS
Volume(s) 1-3; pages 1517-1521


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Amendments to the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, Tokyo, 1978


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Done at Tokyo 20 December 1978


Entered into force 6 April 1979


Primary source citation: 30 UST 2852, TIAS 9366


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International Whaling Commission The Red House, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB4 4NP Telephone: 022023 3971 Telegrams: Interwhale Cambridge

Chairman Thordur Asgeirsson (Iceland) Vice-Chairman M.C. Mercer (Canada) Secretary Dr. Ray Gambell

6 April 1979

RG/PRM/2352

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

The Secretary refers to his circular letter of 5 January 1979 (ref: RG/PRM/2194) notifying Contracting Governments of the amendments to the Schedule of the Convention agreed at the Special Meeting of the Commission held in Tokyo, 19-20 December 1978. No objections have been received to the amendments, a copy of which is enclosed, and they therefore become binding on all Contracting Governments from 6 April 1979. 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

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

1.

At the Special Meeting held in Tokyo, 19-20 December 1978, the Commission agreed to the following amendments to the Schedule:

A. Substantive amendments

(changes and new wording italicised)

 

Table 2. Sperm whale stock classifications and catch limits

Amend entry for Southern Hemisphere Division 5 to read:


"5

 


90E-130E

 

PS 0 SMS 0"

 

Amend entries for North Pacific to read:


"Western Division

 


SMS1

 

2698
SMS1

 

0

Eastern Division

 


SMS1

 

1102
SMS1

 

0

Total:

 


 
38002
 
0

 

1 Provisionally listed as SMS for 1979.

2 Included within this figure there may be a by-catch of females not to exceed 11.5% and all whaling operations are to cease when the by-catch is reached."

Amend second part of paragraph 26 and renumber it as new paragraph 27 to read:

"Notification shall be given in accordance with the provisions of Article VII of the Convention with regard to all factory ships and catcher ships of the following statistical information:

(a) The name and gross tonnage of each factory ship.

(b) For each catcher ship attached to a factory ship or land station

(i) The dates on which each is commissioned and ceases whaling for the season

(ii) The number of days on which each is at sea on the whaling grounds each season

(iii) Where possible, the time spent each day on different components of the catching operation

(iv) The gross tonnage, horsepower, length and other characteristics of each; vessels used only as tow boats should be specified

(v) Any modification of the above measures or data from other suitable indicators of fishing effort for "small-type whaling" operations.

(c) A list of the land stations which were in operation during the period concerned, and the number of miles searched per day by aircraft, if any.

The information required under paragraphs (b)(iii) to (b)(v) should be recorded in the log book format shown in Appendix A."

 

B. Consequential amendments

 

Paragraph 14

Amend to read:

"14. The number of sperm whales taken in the Southern Hemisphere in the 1978/79 pelagic season and the 1979 coastal season shall not exceed 3820 males and 1055 females. The total catch in any of the Divisions 1 to 9 shall not exceed the limits shown in Table 2."

Paragraph 28

Renumber as 29.

Amend existing paragraph 27 and renumber as 28 to read:

27. (a) Where possible all factory ships and land stations shall collect from each whale taken and report on:

(1) both ovaries or the combined weight of both testes.

(2) at least one ear plug, or one tooth (preferably first mandibular).

(b) Where possible similar collections to those described in sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph shall be undertaken and reported by small-type whaling operations conducted from shore or by pelagic fleets.

(c) All specimens collected under sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) shall be properly labelled with the platform or other identification number of the whale and be appropriately preserved.

(d) A Contracting Government shall arrange for the analysis as soon as possible of the tissue samples and specimens collected under sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) and report on the results of such analyses.

 

SCHEDULE APPENDIX A

 

 

Title page (one logbook per catcher per season)

 

Catcher name .............................................. Year built ............................................

Attached to expedition/land station ...........................................................................

Season .....................................................

Overall length ................................................... Wooden/steel hull

Gross tonnage ...................................................

Type of engine .................................................. H.P. .............................................

Maximum speed ............................................... Ave. searching speed ...........................

Asdic set, make and model no. .....................................................................................

Date of installation .............................................

Make and size of cannon ......................................................................

Type of first harpoon used (explosive, electric, non-explosive) ........................................

Type of killer harpoon used ...........................................................

Length and type of forerunner .......................................................

Type of whaleline ..........................................................................

Height of barrel above sea level .....................................................

Speedboat used, Yes/No

Name of captain ....................................................................

Number of years experience .................................................

Name of gunner ....................................................................

Number of years experience .................................................

Number of crew ....................................................................

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Daily record sheet

 

Date ............................ Catcher name .............................................. Sheet No. ..............


Searching:

 


Time started (or resumed) searching

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Time whales seen

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Whale species

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Number seen and no. of groups

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Position found

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Name of catcher that found whales

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chasing:

 


Time started chasing (or confirmed whales)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Time whale shot or chasing discontinued

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Asdic used (Yes/No)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handling:

 


Time whale flagged or alongside for towing

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Serial no. of catch

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towing:

 


Time started picking up

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Time finished picking up or starting towing

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Date and time delivered to factory

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resting:

 


Time stopped (for drifting or resting)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Time finished drifting/resting

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Time ceased operations

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Total searching time ............................

 

Weather conditions

Total chasing time ...............................

 


Time

 


Sea state

 


Wind force and direction

 


Visibility

 


Total handling time .............................

 


 

 

 

 

Total towing time ................................

 


 

 

 

 

Total resting time .................................

 


 

 

 

 

Other time (eg, bunkering, in port) ...........

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Whales seen (No. and no. of schools)

 


Blue ..........................................

 


Bryde .......................................

 


Fin ............................................

 


Minke ......................................

 


Humpback ................................

 


Sperm .......................................

 


Right .........................................

 


Others ......................................

 


Sei .............................................

 


(specify) ...................................

 

 

Signed ...............................................

 

AMENDMENTS[2] TO THE SCHEDULE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE REGULATION OF WHALING OF 2 DECEMBER 1946

 

 

(London, 13 July 1979)

 

The amendments read as follows:

 

Substantive amendments [changes and new wording italicised]

 

New paragraph to precede the present paragraph 5 in Section III Capture, all succeeding paragraphs to be renumbered:

"5. In accordance with Article V(1)(c) of the Convention, commercial whaling, whether by pelagic operations or from land stations, is prohibited in a region designated as the Indian Ocean Sanctuary. This comprises the waters of the Northern Hemisphere from the coast of Africa to 100 degrees East, including the Red and Arabian Seas and the Gulf of Oman; and the waters of the Southern Hemisphere in the sector from 20 degrees East to 130 degrees East, with the Southern boundary set at 55 degrees South. This prohibition applies irrespective of the classifications of baleen or toothed whale stocks in the Sanctuary, as may from time to time be determined by the Commission. This prohibition will apply for ten years, with the provision for a general review after five years, unless the Commission decides otherwise."

Paragraph 8 [old numbering, new paragraph 9]

Add new sub-paragraph to read:

"9. (d) Notwithstanding the other provisions of paragraph 9 there shall be a moratorium on the taking, killing, or treating of whales, excluding minke whales, by factory ships or whale catchers attached to factory ships."

Paragraph 9 [old numbering, new paragraph 10]

Amend to read:

"10. The number of baleen whales taken during the open season in the Southern Hemisphere by factory ships, land stations or whale catchers attached thereto under the jurisdiction of the Contracting Governments shall not exceed 8102 minke whales and 264 Bryde's whales in the 1979/80 pelagic season and the 1980 coastal season. The total catches taken in any of the Areas I to VI shall not exceed the limits shown in Table 1. However, in no circumstances shall the sum of the Area catches exceed the total quotas for each species."

Paragraph 10 [old numbering, new paragraph 11]

Amend to read:

"11. The number of baleen whales taken in the North Pacific Ocean and dependent waters in 1980 and in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1980 shall not exceed the limits shown in Table l."

Table 1

Amend to read as shown (appended).

Paragraph 11 [old numbering, new paragraph 12]

Amend to read:

"... with respect to the Bering Sea stock of bowhead whales that:

(a) in 1980, hunting shall cease when either 26 have been struck or 18 landed,

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

Paragraph 14 [old numbering, new paragraph 15]

Amend to read:

"15. The number of sperm whales taken in the Southern Hemisphere in the 1979/80 pelagic season and the 1980 coastal season shall not exceed 580. The total catch in any of the Divisions 1 to 9 shall not exceed the limits shown in Table 2."

Paragraph 15 [old numbering, new paragraph 16]

Amend to read:

"16. The number of sperm whales taken in the North Pacific Ocean and dependent waters in 1980 and in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1980 shall not exceed the limits shown in Table 2."

Table 2

Amend to read as shown (appended).

New paragraph to be added before paragraph 29 [old numbering, new paragraph 31]

"30. A Contracting Government shall provide the Secretariat with proposed scientific permits before they are issued and in sufficient time to allow the Scientific Committee to review and comment on them. The proposed permits should specify:

(a) objectives of the research;

(b) number, sex, size and stock of the animals to be taken;

(c) opportunities for participation in the research by scientists of other nations; and

(d) possible effect on conservation of the stock.

Proposed permits shall be reviewed and commented on by the Scientific Committee at Annual meetings when possible. When permits would be granted prior to the next Annual Meeting, the Secretary shall send the proposed permits to members of the Scientific Committee by mail for their comment and review. Preliminary results of any research resulting from the permits should be made available at the next Annual meeting of the Scientific Committee."

 

Consequential changes

 

Paragraph 8(a) [old numbering, new paragraph 9(a)]

Amend fourth paragraph to read:

"For the 1979/80 pelagic season and the 1980 coastal season in the Southern Hemisphere and for the 1980 season in all other areas ..."

Paragraph 11 [old numbering, new paragraph 12]

Amend to read:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 9 the taking ..."

Paragraph 18 [old numbering, new paragraph 19]

Amend to read:

"... classified as Protection Stocks in paragraph 9 or are taken ... in contravention of paragraphs 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 15 and 16 of this Schedule."

Paragraph 23 [old numbering, new paragraph 24]

Amend sub-paragraph 24(a)(3) to read:

"(3) Its marking effected pursuant to sub-paragraph 20(b)."

Amend sub-paragraph 24(b)(2) to read:

"(2) Length, measured pursuant to paragraph 23."

Paragraph 25 [old numbering, new paragraph 26]

Delete from sub-paragraph 26(a), line three, the words "Bryde's and".

Amend sub-paragraph 26(b) to read:

"... permitted by paragraph 10 ..."

 

TABLE 1

BALEEN WHALE STOCK CLASSIFICATIONS AND CATCH LIMITS (changes shown in bold type)

 

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE - 1979/80 pelagic season and 1980 coastal season


 
Sei Minke Bryde's Fin Blue Hump-back Right,

Bow-head,

Pygmy

Right

Gray
Area Longitudes Classi-fication Catch limit Classi-fication Catch limit Classi-fication Catch limit Classi-fication Catch limit Classi-fication Classi-fication Classi-fication Classi-fication Catch limit

I

 


120W-60W

 

PS 0 - 1060 SMS 264 PS 0 PS PS PS - -

II

 


60W-0

 

PS 0 - 1370 IMS1 0 PS 0 PS PS PS - -

III

 


0-70E

 

PS 0 - 2718 IMS 02 PS 0 PS PS PS - -

IV

 


70E-130E

 

PS 0 - 2043 IMS 02 PS 0 PS PS PS - -

V

 


130E-170W

 

PS 0 - 1454 IMS 02 PS 0 PS PS PS - -

VI

 


170W-120W

 

PS 0 - 267 IMS 02 PS 0 PS PS PS - -

Total catch not to exceed

 


 
0
 
8102
 
264
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Northern Hemisphere - 1980 season
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARCTIC

 

- - - - - - - - - - PS - -

NORTH PACIFIC

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole region

 

PS 0 - - - - PS 0 PS PS PS   -

Okhotsk Sea-West Pacific Stock

 

- - SMS 4213 - - - - - - - - -

Sea of Japan Stock

 

- - SMS 9404 - - - - - - - - -

Remainder

 

- - IMS 01 - - - - - - - - -

Eastern stock

 

- - - - IMS 02 - - - - - SMS 1795

Western stock

 

- - - - IMS 460 - - - - - PS 0

East China Sea

 

- - - - SMS6 19 - - - - - - -

NORTH ATLANTIC

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole region

 

- - - - IMS 02 - - PS
PS

 


PS

 

- -

West Greenland Stock

 

- - SMS7 385 - - SMS7 (6) - - - - -

Newfoundland-Labrador Stock

 

- - - - - - IMS 90 - - - - -

Canadian East Coast Stock

 

- - SMS 48 - - - - - - - - -

Nova Scotia Stock

 

PS 0 - - - - PS 0 - - - - -

East Greenland-Iceland-Jan Mayen Stock

 

- - SMS 320 - - - - - - - - -

East Greenland-Iceland Stock

 

- - - - - - SMS 3048 - - - - -

Iceland-Denmark Strait Stock

 

SMS 1009 - - - - - - - - - - -

Spain-Portugal-British Isles Stock

 

- - - - - - SMS10 143 - - - - -

Svalbard-Norway-British Isles Stock

 

- - SMS 1790 - - - - - - - - -

West Norway-Faroe Islands Stock

 

- - - - - - PS 0 - - - - -

North Norway Stock

 

- - - - - - SMS7 61 - - - - -

NORTHERN INDIAN OCEAN

 

- - - - IMS 02 - - - - - - -

 

1 Provisionally listed as IMS for 1980.

2 Pending a satisfactory estimate of stock size.

3 The total catch of minke whales shall not exceed 1678 in the five years 1980 to 1984 inclusive.

4 The total catch of minke whales shall not exceed 3634 in the five years 1980 to 1984 inclusive.

5 Available to be taken by aborigines or a Contracting Government on behalf of aborigines pursuant to paragraph 12, but not for commercial purposes.

6 Pending analysis of available and new data.

7 Provisionally listed as SMS for 1980, pending the accumulation of sufficient information for classification.

8 The total catch of fin whales shall not exceed 1524 in the six years 1977 to 1982 inclusive.

9 The total catch of sei whales shall not exceed 504 in the six years 1980 to 1985 inclusive.

10 Provisionally listed as SMS for 1980.

 

TABLE 2

TOOTHED WHALE STOCK CLASSIFICATIONS AND CATCH LIMITS

(changes shown in bold type)

 


 

 
Sperm Bottlenose
Divisions Longitudes Classi-fication Catch limit Classi-fication Catch limit
Southern Hemisphere 1979/80 pelagic season and 1980 coastal season
1
60W-30W

 

SMS1 30 - -
2
30W-20E

 

- 0 - -
3
20E-60E

 

- 0 - -
4
60E-90E

 

- 0 - -
5
90E-130E

 

- 0 - -
6
130E-160E

 

- 0 - -
7
160E-170W

 

- 0 - -
8
170W-100W

 

- 0 - -
9
100W-60W

 

SMS1 5502 - -
Northern Hemisphere - 1980 season

North Pacific:

 


 

 

 

 

Western Division:

 


 

 

 

 

Males

 

SMS1 13503
 

 

Females

 

- 0 - -

Eastern Division:

 


 

 

 

 

Males

 

- 0
 

 

Females

 

- 0 - -

North Atlantic

 

SMS1 273 PS4 0

Northern Indian Ocean

 

- 0
 

 

 

1 Provisionally listed as SMS for 1980.

2 The catch in 1980 shall not exceed 550 or 50% of the 1978 catch and the catch in 1981 shall not exceed 300 or 25% of the 1978 catch, whichever is the lower in each year. The catch in 1982 shall be zero.

3 Included within this figure there may be a by-catch of females not to exceed 11.5% and all whaling operations for this species are to cease when the by-catch is reached.

4 Provisionally listed as PS for 1980, pending the accumulation of sufficient information for classification.


 

[1] Adopted at the special meeting of the International Whaling Commission. The Amendments entered into force for Australia and generally 6 April 1979.

[2] Adopted at the thirty-first meeting of the International Whaling Commission. The Amendments entered into force for Australia and generally 24 October 1979 except for an amendment to Table 1 (the catch limit of 143 fin whales for the Spain-Portugal-British Isles stock of the North Atlantic) which entered into force for Australia and generally, except Spain, 22 January 1980.