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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...

Norwegian whalers already exceeding last year’s death toll

According to reports from the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organisation (Norges Råfisklag), whalers there have slaughtered another 13 minke whales in recent days bringing the total so far this season to 30 whales, which means they have now exceeded the total number killed at this stage last year (21 whales).

The Norwegian whaling season is in its second week and the three vessels are currently hunting off the coast of Finnmark.

Norway continues to hunts minke whales under ‘objection’  to the international ban on commercial whaling. Despite declining sales of whale meat within the country, Norway still sets its own quota (number of whales it will kill each year) and sells some of the meat to Japan.

However, recently, Japanese officials dumped a large consignment of Norwegian whale meat after routine tests revealed that it contained up to twice the allowed level of potentially dangerous pesticides.

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