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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...

More power given to countries that kill whales for cultural and nutritional needs

Following yesterday’s vote against the creation of a sanctuary for whales in the South Atlantic, more bad news for whales emerged from the International Whaling Commission  meeting (the body that regulates whaling) in Brazil today with the passing of a proposal to allow some countries to have more control over the number of whales that they kill for nutritional and cultural needs – also known as aboriginal subsistence whaling.

The “bundle proposal”, as it is being called, was submitted jointly by Denmark (on behalf of Greenland), the Russian Federation, St Vincent and the US – all of whom have aboriginal subsistence hunting communities.

The proposal loosens regulations for subsistence whaling and gives more decision making power to the individual countries themselves and away from the IWC. This is particularly worrying because it involves increasing numbers of whales to be killed and allows an increase in whale kill numbers to be ‘carried over’ to a following year.

However, over the last few years Greenland in particular has abused previous rules by allowing whale meat to be sold for profit in stores and to tourists.

The new regulations passed today further weaken whale protection and give ammunition to commercial whalers. It was particularly disappointing to see the EU vote for the proposal without seeking to tighten regulations and so failing to fullfilling their mandate for whale protection.

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