342. International whaling conventions.

342.     International whaling conventions.

A series of international conventions and agreements have had as their object the conservation of whale stocks in waters in all parts of the world1. A permanent International Whaling Commission has been established which meets from time to time and which is empowered to make regulations varying, in effect, the provisions of the conventions2. International regulation of whale fisheries is effected by licensing systems, by prescriptions of close seasons, by total bans on the taking of certain species, by prohibition of the taking of immature specimens or females, and by strict