The 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission opens this week in Portoroz in Slovenia.
Here are links to three short publicly-available (open access) articles that were recently published and which provide an introduction to some of the key issues that affect matters at the IWC:
What Drives Japanese Whaling Policy? By Chris Butler Stroud, the CEO of Whale and Dolphin http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2016.00102/full
The International Whaling Commission—Beyond Whaling Andrew Wright and colleagues look at the evolution of the IWC http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2016.00158/full
Japanese Small Type Coastal Whaling Sue Fisher of the Animal Welfare Institute, provides analysis of the history of Japan’s claims to Small Type Coastal Whaling quotas http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2016.00121/full
And not open-access:
Mark Simmonds and Peter Corkeron explain. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.1263/abstract