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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 hunters may kill nearly one thousand whales

Norway’s minke whaling season opened Saturday with whalers given an increased quota of 999, up from 880 whales last year.

The quota (number of whales they can kill) is self-allocated and set by Norway’s own Fisheries Ministry, which claims that it has set the quota numbers in accordance with scientific advice from the international body that regulates whaling (International Whaling Commission – IWC). However, these inflated kill numbers are higher than would be deemed “sustainable” by the IWC’s own scientific committee.

Despite declining demand for whale meat, Norway is currently the world’s biggest commercial whaling country, hunting minke whales under an ‘objection’ to the global ban on commercial whaling imposed by the IWC. Last year, Norwegian whalers killed 591 minke whales.

A recent documentary screened on Norwegian channel NRK revealed that around 90% of the minke whales hunted were females, many of them pregnant.

Late last week, Japan’s whaling fleet returned home after killing 333 whales.

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