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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...

Japanese begin whale hunt in north-western Pacific

A fleet of four Japanese whaling ships have begun their annual hunt for whales in waters off the country’s northern island of Hokkaido.

The vessels will operate until October during which time they may kill up to 51 minke whales. This slaughter is carried out under the guise of ‘scientific research’, and the vessels leave port just days after a call by the global nature conservation organisation, IUCN, for Japan to end these hunts.

Both the Scientific Committee at the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the body that regulates whale hunting) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have also stated that Japan’s scientific whale hunts in the Antarctic should cease because they offer little scientific value. Most of the meat is sold on the open market, confirming that these hunts are effectively an excuse to get around the current international ban on commercial whaling.

You can read WDC’s Chris Butler-Stroud’s recent paper on ‘What Drives Japanse Whaling Policy?‘ on the ‘Frontiers in Marine Science’ website.