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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...

No change in Norway as number of whales to be killed remains high

Norway’s Minister of Fisheries has announced today that the country has set itself the same number of whales that it will seek to kill in 2019 as were slaughtered in 2018. 

The quota level will be 1278 minke whales, a very high figure given the lack of demand for the meat in Norway. Some of the meat is also exported to Japan. 

On making the announcement the Minister, Harald T. Nesvik praised the whaling industry and stated that he didn’t think the whale meat trade with Japan will change just because of Japan leaving IWC– the body that regulates whale hunting.

‘I want to make sure that whaling remains alive,’ he said. ‘Whale meat tastes good and it is good for your health.’

In reality, falling consumer demand and higher fuel prices along with difficulty in finding the whales have all been cited as reasons for the industry’s continuing decline in Norway.  Also, scientific studies of whale meat in the past have shown high levels of mercury, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (commonly known as PCBs) present, and experts have warned that consumption of whale meat by humans may result in health problems.

Find out more about whaling in Norway and support WDC’s efforts to end this cruel practice.