This is the end

IWC 2012 Day Five With apologies to The Doors, here are a few notes from the last day of IWC 2012: Monaco modified its strategy for involving the United Nations in the fate of migratory whales in the high seas, and withdrew its resolution.  The resolution was doomed from the start because of Japan’s opposition, […]

Stumbling towards the finish line

IWC 2012 Day Four Helena wanted me to call this piece “the only thing wrong with the IWC is whaling” but it seemed a bit long and I already had the above thought in my head.  Just the same, she does have a point.  There is so much good work being done, and great people […]

Oh say! can’t you see?

IWC 2012 Day Three This celebration day for the USA (July 4th) began with a report by the sub-committee on whale killing methods and welfare.  Yes, whale welfare has somehow crept into the room, in the guise of “time to death”.  Quite possibly, no one disputes the likelihood that suffering is prolonged if death is […]

Bungling the future of whales

IWC 2012 Day Two It turned out I was wrong on just about every count yesterday.  First, about the weather.  Today, it rained at 2pm, not 4pm as I had stated.  True, it did come as an unreal downpour as we skirted the pool under shelter after lunch.  When we got to the room the […]

Distant sounds of thunder

  IWC 2012 Day One One of the great things about Panama is the predictability of the weather.  When we got here, about the first thing we learned was that it rained at 4pm each day, with the rain accompanied by thunder and lightning, and that the downpour would stop as suddenly as it began.  […]

Will they ever learn?

IWC 2012 Last year’s IWC 63 meeting in Jersey ended in such disarray that one has to wonder how any of the participants manage to gather together the means to return. Yet indeed we will gather again, this time in Panama, to debate the fate of whales once more, and the future of the International […]

Will they ever learn?

IWC 2012 Last year’s IWC 63 meeting in Jersey ended in such disarray that one has to wonder how any of the participants manage to gather together the means to return. Yet indeed we will gather again, this time in Panama, to debate the fate of whales once more, and the future of the International […]

IWC 2011: afterthoughts – back to the brink

  One would never have known it, observing the celebratory scene in the room after the close of business on Day Four of IWC 63, as old friends and enemies said goodbye to one another for yet another year, but the International Whaling Commission passed through a watershed in Jersey.  I was so stunned and […]

IWC 2011 Day Four: the long and the short of it all

It turns out that yesterday’s unity may have been more of a lapse than a sign that real progress for whales might be achieved in the fractured body that is the IWC. The morning began with an outline of the Order of Business for the last day of this 2011 meeting: Safety at Sea; Sanctuaries; […]

IWC 2011 Day Three: moving molasses

It has been a very long time since I could end a day at an IWC meeting reporting something positive, apart from the camaraderie that accompanies these annual excursions into the world of real whale politik, as seen through the eyes of the vanishing breed called whalers, and newly minted whale lovers.  For about as […]