Posts Tagged ‘Norway’

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

I have to admit to bitter disappointment when I arrived in Tromsø, northern Norway, a few weeks ago, hoping to see orcas, only to find that I had missed them by a few days.  Since 2013, the orcas have been seen really close to shore in the waters around Tromsø and neighbouring Kvaløya islands, towering…

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Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

Norway’s government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be hunted this year from 999 to 1278. This is 28% more than in 2017 even though recent years have seen a decline in the number of whales being killed and fewer whaling vessels heading out to sea. Falling consumer demand…

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Whales could help save Arctic Seed Vault

Recently, Norway announced that the entrance to the Global Seed Vault in the Arctic was flooded after very high temperatures caused the permafrost to melt.  The vault, a storage facility deep inside a mountain on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, is designed to preserve the world’s crops from future disasters. The store holds seeds from c.5,000 crop…

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Norwegian whalers kill first minkes of the season

The Norwegian press is reporting that 5 minkes have been killed this week by whalers aboard the Rowenta 2, off the Lofoten Islands. The  Rowenta 2 is currently off Vardø, in the extreme northeast of Norway. The whaling season opened this month with a quota of 999 whales, up from 880.  A recent documentary aired…

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Really, Norway, you want to kill even more whales though no one wants to eat them?

Norwegian Fisheries Minister, Per Sandberg, has confirmed that Norway has allocated itself a quota of 999 minke whales for the 2017 catch, an increase of 119 whales on last year’s quota of 880. Norwegian whalers hunt minke whales for commercial purposes, exploiting a loophole around the Norway’s ‘objection’ to the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) global ban…

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How your restaurant order can save whales!

We are fortunate to have A-level student, Xavier Tobin, working with us as a volunteer with the Stop Whaling team. Here, Xavier introduces some new resources which ask visitors to whaling regions not to be tempted to eat whale meat or purchase whale products during their stay. I am currently working with WDC (Whale and…

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So how was the IWC for you?

So IWC66 ends with a celebration of whale-themed ties, which, believe it or not, was won by a Japanese delegate. He was sporting a bright Moby Dick themed tie. so I guess that, as it’s a whaling themed tie, the individual concerned may be allowed back into Japan’s Far Seas Fisheries building where their whaling…

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Day Five of IWC 2016

Agenda Item 19 Finance and Administration The meeting opens slightly late due to technical difficulties. Bruno: regarding yesterday’s Agenda, I forgot to confirm that all delegates are happy for the Commission to endorse cooperation with other organisations? (General assent).  Also apologizes to IGO/NGOs that he was ‘a little too fast’ in closing yesterday.  The Chair…

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