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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins

Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Icelandic government scraps no-whaling zone

The new Icelandic government has issued a press release announcing that the previous government’s expansion of the whale sanctuary in Faxafloi Bay is to be scrapped, denouncing it as “unscientific” and “not based on objective grounds.”  WDC greets this news with dismay as, although smaller than hoped for, the extended ‘no-whaling zone’ had been welcomed by conservationists and the local whale watch industry becasue it offered greater protection to minke whales in the area.

All that remains now is the original, reduced ‘no-whaling zone’. Iceland’s minke whalers had bitterly opposed the expansion of the whale sanctuary claiming that approximately 80% of their previous hunts had taken place in that area.