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Whales are our climate allies – meet the scientists busy proving it

At Whale and Dolphin Conservation, we're working hard to bring whales and the ocean into...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Risso's dolphin entangled in fishing line and plastic bags - Andrew Sutton

The ocean is awash with plastic – can we ever clean it up?

You've seen pictures of plastic litter accumulating on beaches or marine wildlife swimming through floating...
Fin whale

Is this the beginning of the end for whaling off Iceland?

I'm feeling cautiously optimistic after Iceland's Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir wrote that there is little...
Mykines Lighthouse, Faroe Islands

Understanding whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands – why change is not easy

Most people in my home country of the Faroe Islands would like to see an...

Dolphin scientists look like you and me – citizen science in action

Our amazing volunteers have looked out for dolphins from the shores of Scotland more than...
Atlantic white-sided dolphins

The Faroes dolphin slaughter that sparked an outcry now brings hope

Since the slaughter of at least 1,423 Atlantic white-sided dolphins at Skálafjørður in my home...

South Korean PM confirms end to 'scientific' whaling plans

WDCS welcomes the fact that the Korean Times is reporting that “Despite the necessity of scientific research about whales, the government decided to only allow the studies that do not require whaling,” Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik said during his weekly briefing to President Lee Myung-bak held on Tuesday.

Officials from the presidential office, the Prime Minister’s Office and the agriculture and fisheries ministry held a meeting recently to discuss the issue, according to sources. President Lee also reproached Agriculture Minister Suh Kyu-yong as international criticism grew, they said.

“Discussions between government ministries have been concluded in a way that effectively scraps the plan to allow whaling in coastal waters,” a senior official said on condition of anonymity. “Even if it is for scientific research, we have to take into consideration that this has emerged as a sensitive issue at home and abroad.”

Well done to Korea for listening to its own people and the international community.