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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...

Prison sentences handed to whale hunters in South Korea

A South Korean court has jailed over 30 men for illegally hunting minke whales and selling their catch to local restaurants.

The Daegu District Court handed down prison terms ranging from 10 to 18 months to two ships captains, a delivery driver and 30 fishermen, and also issued them with fines of up to 5 million won.

Police in South Korea are continuing to catch more and more poachers involved in illegal minke whale hunting that is being driven by the vast sums of money that the meat fetches, and demand from many local restaurants. A single minke whale can sell for up to 60 million won (around £35,000).

Despite minke whales being protected in South Korea, it is legal to sell meat from whales that are accidentally caught in nets.  However, it is reported that these particular whalers were deliberately hunting whales on a mass scale, using six ships to catch about 40 minke whales in waters off the eastern coast over a two year period.

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