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UN Sustainable Development Goals

GOAL 14: Life Below Water


Whaling is the hunting of whales for their usable products such as meat and blubber, which can be turned into a type of oil which became increasingly important in the Industrial Revolution. It was practiced as an organized industry as early as 875 AD. By the 16th century, it had risen to be the principal industry in the coastal regions of Spain and France. The industry spread throughout the world, and became increasingly profitable in terms of trade and resources. Some regions of the world's oceans, along the animals' migration routes, had a particularly dense whale population, and became the targets for large concentrations of whaling ships, and the industry continued to grow well into the 20th century. The depletion of some whale species to near extinction led to the banning of whaling in many countries by 1969, and to a worldwide cessation of whaling as an industry in the late 1980s.

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Organizations relating to Whaling

World Council of Whalers / Est. 1997
Protocol for the Regulation of Whaling / Est. 1945
Agreement on the Regulation of North Pacific Whaling / Est. 1970
Convention for the Regulation of Whaling / Est. 1931
International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling / Est. 1946
Supplementary Arrangements for the Regulation of Antarctic Pelagic Whaling / Est. 1962
International Network for Whaling Research / Cullowhee NC, USA / Est. 1991
Protocol to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling / Est. 1956
Arrangements for the Regulation of Antarctic Pelagic Whaling / Est. 1962
International Agreement for the Regulation of Whaling / Est. 1937
International Whaling Commission / Impington, UK / Est. 1946

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World Problems relating to Whaling

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Hunting of marine animals

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