The purpose of the InforMEA API is to establish a communication protocol between InforMEA database and IWC data. Currently, this is a one-way communication, with data retrieval from the MEAs into the InforMEA database.
The IWC is the global body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling. The IWC currently has 88 member governments from countries all over the world.
The Commission's role has expanded since its establishment in 1946. In addition to regulation of whaling, today's IWC works to address a wide range of conservation issues including bycatch and entanglement, ocean noise, pollution and debris, collision between whales and ships, and sustainable whale watching.