The International Whaling Commission (IWC) kicked off its much-awaited four-week annual meeting in the south-eastern coastal city of Ulsan on Friday to set global whaling policies and discuss ways to protect whales.
Around 10,000 delegates from over 61 nations are to take part in the 29-day event at the Lotte Hotel in Ulsan.
The IWC is scheduled to hold a workshop May 27-29, a scientific committee meeting May 30-June 12, a working group committee meeting June 13-19 and the general assembly June 20-24.
Participants are scheduled to settle whaling policies and promote whale conservation.
The meeting is expected to draw more media attention this year due to current disputes on policies between nations supporting whaling and those opposed to it.
Countries that support whaling such as Japan, and opposing nations including the United States and Australia, are expected to have heated discussions on the topic.
The main topics of this year