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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 fin whalers head out to the hunting grounds

Fin whaling vessels owned by Iceland’s biggest whaling company, Hvalur hf, left Reykjavik Harbour yesterday.  After stopping at the whaling station at Hvalfjordur to pick up chains, harpoons and other gear, they headed out to the whaling grounds off Faxafloi.  Last December, the Icelandic Fisheries Ministry self-allocated a quota of 154 fin whales to be killed during the 2014 season, despite the species being classified as endangered and the existence of a massive frozen stockpile of Icelandic fin whale meat in Japan.  Almost no fin whale meat is consumed in Iceland itself.

 It is reported that the whalers are once again aiming to kill their first fin whale to mark Iceland’s National Day on Tuesday 17th June, as they did last year.

 The whalers have gone out, in defiance of global criticism and strong campaigning from WDC and other NGOs and despite a strong snub last week from the US State Department which pointedly omitted to invite Icelandic representatives to an international ocean conference on ocean sustainability, Our Ocean.

 WDC will continue the fight to stop whaling in all waters and, on the eve of an important EU meeting when whaling will be discussed, we call upon governments both in the EU and wider, to stand united and speak with one voice in defence of whales.

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