Okay so after two days of closed-door discussions delegates to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) were unable to reach consensus on a proposal that would see the legitimization of commercial whaling.
The moratorium (ban) still stands and Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to whale outside of the sanction of the IWC. Some colleagues are concerned that the whalers may still try and pull something out of a hat, but it looks like its over - for now
It has become clear that, despite many presentations by the pro-whaling advocates, the majority of nations were not convinced by the arguments that any whales being killed under commercial whaling was acceptable.
Thankfully nations also rejected the view that quotas could be given whilst the moratorium still stood. It became obvious to delegates that the moratorium was fundamental to any allocation of quotas, be they in the thousands or the hundreds, or even tens.
So hats off to the Latin Americans, Australia, India and many of the Europeans - well done for standing up for the whales and your public's
The Chairman has kept the agenda item open so that 'delegates can discuss how to move forward next year', but we sincrely hope that its effectively dead as a full deal this year.