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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...

Latest Japanese hunts end with 134 Sei whale illegally killed

The latest round of Japanese whale hunts, controversially carried out for scientific reasons, have ended after four months with a total of 177 whales killed.

According to the Japanese Fisheries Agency, the hunting fleet slaughtered 43 minke whales and 134 Sei whales in offshore waters in the north western Pacific in order to see (amongst other things) what was in their stomachs. This research will be released in a report to the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the global body that regulates whale hunts).

Just days after the fleet left in early June, a committee of scientific experts at the International Whaling Commission backed previous conclusions by an independent panel that the north Pacific hunts were “currently unjustified, and should be halted until more research has been conducted”.

Japan plans to kill a total of 304 whales per year along the coast and offshore waters in the north western Pacific between 2017 and 2028.

Under the regulations laid out by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora CITES), an international agreement between governments that ensures international trade in specimens of wild animals does not threaten their survival, Japan’s slaughter of Sei whales is illegal. WDC is hopeful that Japan will be held accountable by CITES at a committee meeting in November.

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