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Fin whales return to old feeding grounds in Southern Ocean

An exciting discovery by researchers in the waters around Antarctica suggest that fin whales are...
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Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...
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Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...
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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...

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...

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...

Norway's whaling season begins

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

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be...

Icelandic fin whale hunting to resume

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

No whales are endangered according to Japanese conservation list

The recently released Japanese “Red List of Marine Creatures” has been criticized by some experts for the lack of protection it provides for whales and dolphins.

The Japanese Fisheries Agency and Ministry of the Environment compile the list, which is Japan’s own version of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List  the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of different species.

However, the Japanese version does not follow the same criteria as the IUCN’s and several groups within Japan are questioning its validity. Unsurprisingly for a nation that still hunts and kills whales, the Japanese Red List categorises all whale species are ‘Not Endangered’ and so, in parts, directly contradicts both the Mammal Society of Japan and the IUCN.

The Japanese government claim to have used the guidelines set out by the IUCN but that they ‘apply the criteria in different ways’.

For example, the  narrow-ridged finless porpoise is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ by IUCN and various populations around Japan are listed as ‘Near Threatened’, ‘Endangered’ and even ‘Critically Endangered’ by the Mammal Society of Japan. But, oddly, Japan’s new Red List states that this species are of ‘Least Concern’. The harbour porpoise was also listed as being of ‘Least Concern’ despite again being listed by Mammal Society of Japan as Near Threatened.

Some of the larger whales that are known to spend only some of their time in Japanese waters (migratory species) were not even considered.

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