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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...

UK’s national wildlife crime unit avoids closure

The UK’s national wildlife crime unit (NWCU) has won a temporary reprieve from closure after the government announced new funding.

The unit supports the UK’s police forces in tackling wildlife crimes, and closure could place animals at greater risk of harm.

Until recently, government officials had refused to guarantee the unit’s future and it was set to close this month. However, environment minister Rory Stewart has announced funding for four years in a statement to parliament, in which he also paid tribute to the important contribution the unit makes to tackling wildlife crime.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and Home Office ministers have now agreed to each provide £136,000 of funding a year until 2020.

Previously, wildlife policing teams have helped WDC investigate incidents of dolphin harassment by boats and jet skis, and dealt with cases involving the illegal possession and trade in whale teeth and bones.