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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...
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New report reveals 100,000 dolphins and small whales hunted every year

When you hear the words ‘dolphin hunts’ it’s likely that you think of Japan or...

Minke whale hunts stop in Iceland

Iceland’s commercial hunt of minke whales has ended for this year. The common minke whale is the...

Pregnant whales once again a target for Japanese whalers

Figures from Japan's whaling expedition to Antarctica during the 2017/18 austral summer have revealed that...

Did Icelandic whalers really kill a blue whale?

*Warning - this blog contains an image that you may find upsetting* They say a...

Icelandic whalers breach international law and kill iconic, protected whale by mistake

Icelandic whalers out hunting fin whales for the first time in three years appear to...

Doubts remain after Icelandic Marine Institute claims slaughtered whale was a hybrid not a blue

Experts remain sceptical of initial test results issued by the Icelandic Marine Institute, which indicate...

Japan set to resume commercial whaling

Reports from Japan suggest that the government they will formally propose plans to resume commercial...

End the whale hunts! Icelandic fin whaler isolated as public mood shifts

Here’s a sight I hoped never again to witness. A boat being scrubbed and repainted...

Australian Government to block Japanese whaling proposal

Japanese Government officials have reportedly confirmed that they will propose the resumption of commercial whaling...

Icelandic fin whale hunting to resume

Iceland’s only fin whaling company, Hvalur hf,  announced today that it will resume fin whaling...

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

I have to admit to bitter disappointment when I arrived in Tromsø, northern Norway, a...

Norway's whaling season begins

April 1st saw the start of the whaling season in Norway. Despite a widely-accepted international moratorium...

Conservation charities highlight continuing concern about proposed ship- to- ship transfers in the Cromarty Firth

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), RSPB Scotland, WWF Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland have united to express their concerns about the Cromarty Firth Port Authority’s application to undertake ship-to-ship oil transfers in the open sea at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth. All six organisations consider that the Cromarty Firth Port Authority’s (CFPA) assessment of environmental impacts was inadequate and fall far short of what is required under the EU Habitat Directive Regulations.  

The organisations argue that the proposed ship- to -ship transfers threaten nationally and internationally important sites for wildlife. The proposed location is within the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation for bottlenose dolphin and the proposed Moray Firth Special Area of Protection for a wide range of seabirds.  Other European protected sites that could be harmed by the operations include the Cromarty Firth, Inner Moray Firth and the Moray and Nairn Coast Special Protection Areas and the Culbin Bar Special Area of Conservation. The recent oil spill from the Clair platform off Shetland and the stranding of the Transocean Winner off Lewis highlight the potential for spills to occur. Following major spills from oil tankers such as the Braer off Shetland in 1993 and the Sea Empress off Pembrokeshire in 1996, both the oil and the chemicals used in the clean up remain in the environment and cause toxicity to wildlife for many years.

WDC’s Scottish policy officer, Fiona Read said, “Marine mammals are very vulnerable to the potential impacts of oil. The proposals lack an adequate plan in the case of an oil spill and insufficient information has been provided on the prevention of oil spills or of the release of pathogens from ballast water. Marine mammals are highly sensitive to noise and the noise impacts of the proposals have not been adequately assessed.” 

These concerns were submitted to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who are determining the application but no feedback has been received from the Agency or the Port Authority. It is understood that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have asked the Port Authority to provide further environmental information but it is not known whether the Agency plans to undertake any further consultation and independent evaluation of the environmental risks associated with the final proposal. 

Read WDC’s submission on the proposal and sign the petition.

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