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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...

Ecuador introduces welcome measures to prevent dolphin imports for captivity shows

Dolphins in captivity

The Government of Ecuador has modified environmental legislation to prohibit the import of marine mammals by aquariums, as well as breeding and the display of individuals removed from their habitats.

This is particularly positive news as it follows efforts in 2018 by a dolphinarium company in Venezuela to open a captive dolphin facility in Salinas, Ecuador. This met with significant opposition from NGOs in Ecuador and internationally.

Ecuador is a Party to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) which in its resolution 11.22 invites Parties to implement national legislation prohibiting the live capture of whales and dolphins for commercial purposes as well the import of wild-caught whales and dolphins.

We congratulate the government of Ecuador for this progressive initiative to protect cetaceans.

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