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Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary one step closer


On 29 September the Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary came one step closer to life after the Italian Government officially agreed on a proposal which will be shortly forwarded to France and the Principality of Monaco. The proposal involves the establishment of an international protected area for cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea, approx. 100.000 km2 wide, comprised between the continental coast of Italy, Monaco and France, Corsica, and northern Sardinia.

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1999 Boston Marathon + Icelandic Bike Challenge

How would you like to run the 1999 Boston Marathon or cycle across beautiful Iceland and help the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society?

Raise our sponsorship target of 2000 and complete your event and well say thank you by taking you whale-watching FOR FREE!

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More protection for cetaceans in Australia


Australia - October 6, 1998 MARINE MAMMALS GET PROTECTION

Western Australia has set guidelines to promote conservation of its marine creatures.

Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes announced the guidelines which she said would see previously voluntary whale watching guidelines replaced with a legally enforceable code that included provisions for interactions with dolphins, seals, sea lions and dugong.

Whales welcomed back to British waters


Whales welcomed back to British waters By Charles Clover: The Electronic Telegraph - Monday 5 October 1998


THE waters off Britain's north-west coast are "teeming" with whales and dolphins, according to a survey for Greenpeace and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

The five-week study in July and August recorded 11 species: sperm, fin, sei, pilot, killer and minke whales and common, Atlantic white-sided, white-beaked and Risso's dolphins together with the harbour porpoise.

Seismic implicated in scaring fish as well as threatening whales


Norway - October 4, 1998 BOATS SCARE BLUEFIN TUNA

This year's trial fishery for bluefin tuna in the Norwegian EEZ was partly destroyed when seismic vessels scared off the fish.

According to a government observer on board one of the Japanese longliners licenced for the fishery, they had good catch rates for a short period until some seismic vessels engaged by oil companies moved into the area.

Canadian opinion against whaling


From The Province Friday 2 October 1998 OPINION

Listen to the people: No whaling (The Province Michael Smyth)

It's time for Premier Glen Clark to tell his his negotiators that his government will not ratify any treaty that allows whale hunting.

Province readers understandably reacted with anger and outrage this week over the proposed whale hunt by Washington state natives.

Get ready to get even angrier, because B.C. natives are negotiating with your provincial and federal governments to stage a similar slaughter off our own coast.

WDCS joins call for the Atlantic Frontier to be made a World Heritage Site

Today, Monday the 5th of October, Greenpeace and WDCS released the preliminary results of their recent whale survey made in the waters to the north-west of Scotland: The Atlantic Frontier.

These results further illustrate the importance of this area for whales and dolphins. The survey encountered a variety of whale and dolphin species, including fin, sei and sperm whales and large numbers of white-sided dolphins.

Norway - The World's Environmental Villains?


The New Scientists Magazine (3 October 1988 No2154), in an article by Fred Pearce reports that Norwegians, who pride themselves in their green credentials, are the most environmentally destructive people on Earth, says a report published this week by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Geneva.

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