Report of the Scientific Committee 2021


The report of the Scientific Committee meeting held virtually from 27 April to 14 May 2021. The report and its annexes are available here.
Due to COVID-19 the meeting was again held online with a revised format building upon lessons learnt last year. To allow for more in-depth discussions on specific topics a number of pre-meetings and workshops were held immediately prior to the main meeting which was itself extended by a week. Whilst this allowed a larger portion of the agenda to be addressed, a number of technical discussions were postponed.

The meeting and its pre-meetings were attended by a record 550 cetacean scientists breaking last year’s record with around triple the usual attendance for an in-person event

IWC virtual Scientific Committee 2021


SC68C Tuesday 27th April 2021 to Friday 14th May 2021

The 2021 IWC Scientific Committee meeting (SC68C) will again be held virtually to reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure to SC members.

IWC Conservation Committee - Intersessional 2020


This meeting of the Conservation Committee was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions and the postponement of the in-person meeting of IWC68 (originally scheduled for September 2020) until Autumn 2021. The remote meeting, drew on experience from the approach taken by the Scientific Committee in May 2020 and addressed the issues that most urgently needed to be progressed or for which decisions were required before the end of 2020, but did not cover all of the Conservation Committee agenda. Read more

The meeting report can be downloaded here