NMFS to Hold Meeting in Advance of Int’l Whaling Commission Conference

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that it will hold a public meeting in Silver Spring, MD on Thursday, August 7 in preparation for the 65th International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) meeting to be held in September in Slovenia.  To protect the confidentiality of U.S. negotiating positions, public attendance is limited to U.S. citizens with an identifiable interest in U.S. whale conservation policy.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss tentative U.S. positions for the IWC’s September meeting.  The U.S. IWC Commissioner is staffed by the Commerce Department and assisted by federal entities including the Departments of State and Interior and the Marine Mammal Commission.