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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...

Candidate conservation areas earmarked in Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas

Arabian Sea Humpback Whale,

Scientists and observers from 15 different countries have met to map important habitats for marine mammals in the western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas.

The meeting, held in Dhofar was attended by experts from WDC and was the first to look at habitats for rare and endangered whales and dolphins across the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas, and identified 55 Important Marine Mammal Areas, or IMMAs, in the region.

IMMAs are essentially portions of ocean habitat important to marine mammal species that have the potential to be set aside for conservation management.

One of the 55 areas identified as a potential IMMA was right outside the meeting venue in Dhofar, where small groups of endangered Indian Ocean humpback dolphins could be seen swimming close to shore early in the mornings.

For more information about IMMAs and the work of the Task Force, see the Task Force website.

Attendees at the Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas IMMA Workshop

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