May 15, 2009

International Whaling Commission Meeting Madeira

International Whaling Commission Meeting Madeira.
The 61st International Whaling Commission Meeting will take place in Funchal, Madeira at the five-star The Pestana Casino Park Hotel (Tel: 351 291 20 91 00) from Sunday 31 May to Friday 12 June.

Hot on the agenda will be the continued "scientific whaling" carried out by the government of Japan, which is vehemently opposed by environmental action groups such as Greenpeace. Japanese whalers killed over 680 whales in the last "research" hunt in Antarctica, held this year.

Madeira, situated off the coast of Portugal, in the Atlantic, was once a vibrant center of whaling. The industry is remembered in Madeira's Whale Museum, the Museu da Baleia, located in the former whaling village of Caniçal. Crustaceans have been legally protected in the waters off Madeira since the 1980s and whale and dolphin watching is now an important tourist activity.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was established under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in Washington DC in 1946.

The Pestana Casino Park Hotel
Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia
9004-513 Funchal
Madeira

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