The future of whales
Why has the IWC failed to agree on a compromise proposal on whaling?
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2010 10:20 GMT

A compromise proposal to end the 25-year ban on commercial whaling while improving protection measures afforded to the marine mammals collapsed this week at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Agadir, Morocco.

Many NGOs were quick to point blame at Japan, which uses a loophole to hunt whales for "scientific purposes". Australia went as far as suing Tokyo at the International Court of Justice over the issue.

Delegates at the conference agreed to think about a new approach to, hopefully, reach a common ground on the future of whales.

Inside Story, with presenter Nick Clark, in a show produced in Agadir discusses why the IWC failed to agree on this thorny issue in its 62th conference.

Joining the programme are Ole Samsing, the special adviser at the Danish ministry of foreign affairs, who is dealing with arctic affairs including whaling, Glenn Inwood, the spokesman for the Japanese delegation to the IWC, and Nicolas Entrup, the managing director of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Sunday, June 27, 2010.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
More than 400 gaming dens operate on native lands, but critics say social ills and inequality stack the deck.
The Palestinian president is expected to address the UN with a new proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state.
Nearly 1,200 aboriginal females have been killed or disappeared over 30 years with little justice served, critics say.
Ethnic violence has wracked China's restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
Malay artists revitalise the art of puppeteering by fusing tradition with modern characters such as Darth Vader.