THE International Agreement for the Regulaion of Whaling, which was published on June 23, marks an important stage in the development of whaling regulation. It was the work of a conference at which eleven Governments interested in whaling participated. They met on May 24, and sat almost daily until June 8, when the Agreement was signed. The drastic nature of its provisions are eloquent of the practically world-wide conviction that whaling can be saved from collapse only if it is rationally regulated: while a note under the title "Final Act", which is appended to the Agreement, indicates that the possibility is recognized that actual restriction of whaling effort may prove necessary if that end is to be achieved.
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Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine (1967)