Clinton offers lifeline to endangered Right Whales

US President, Bill Clinton, has thrown a lifeline to endangered Northern right whales following unanimous approval of measures aimed at reducing boat collisions - currently one of the major threats to the survival of this beleaguered species. Since 1994, WDCS has funded the work of scientists Amy Knowlton and Scott Kraus in their efforts to identify and reduce boat/whale collisions and entanglements in fishing gear. We warmly welcome the stance taken by the International Maritime Organisation and applaud the President's timely support for right whales.

New measures to cut porpoise deaths in US gillnets

By managing when, where and how gillnetters fish in waters off New England and the Mid-Atlantic, federal officials believe harbour porpoises can be protected from accidental entanglement in fishing gear.

New measures announced are expected to prevent more than 1,600 of the nearly 2,000 annual harbour porpoise deaths currently caused by gillnet fishing in these areas.

New Caldonians tell Japanese whaling boats to go home

Angry New Caledonians are protesting against the presence of a Japanese whaling fleet in the port here, waving banners today saying whale killers, go home.

Environmental groups were to hold a demonstration at the harbour today against the presence of two whalers and a trawler that arrived on Monday morning at Noumea port.

The three boats left early today to continue their whale hunt, but the fleet's factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, damaged by fire on November 20, was due here for repairs later in the day.

Irrawaddy dolphins threatened by fish farms

A dolphin species found nowhere else in thePhilippines but in the Malampaya Sound in northern Palawan is in danger of extinction, according to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Marine Mammals.

The Irrawaddy dolphins are threatened by a proliferation of fish pens and an outbreak of 'red tide' algae, it said. Members of the task force found a small population of the dolphin in Malampaya last August during its first marine mammal survey.

Whales pass bright ideas" down the generations."

The remarkable ability of whales to communicate and socialize using long-distance sonar signalling has been passed down along with their genes and probably helped them survive and evolve, say researchers.

It is the first evidence that cultural behaviour is passed on through the generations in such a way that has not previously been found in any species other than humans, they reported in the journal Science. "I'm taking that evidence and applying it to a very new situation," said study author Hal Whitehead, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University.

New Dolphinarium opens in China

WDCS has received news that a new dolphinarium has now opened in China, the 'Beijing Dolphinarium'. Current reports state that the dolphinarium has 7 bottlenose dolphins, captured during a Japanese 'drive fishery' and 3 false killer whales, also captured in a drive fishery.

There is no response or interest from either the media or the Government to protest letters. WDCS sent a letter in May to the dolphinarium during its construction and has received no response either.

Japanese whaler going home under own steam

25-Nov-98 03:20 pm Port Moresby, Nov 25 - The crippled Japanese whaling ship which caught fire last week off the Queensland coast is now making its way back to Japan under its own power, according to a salvage operator.

The environmental group, Greenpeace, said on Monday that a salvage tug from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, was expected to be sent to assist the Nisshin Maru, which caught fire last Thursday about 600 nautical miles east of Mackay on the central Queensland coast.

NZ orca dies after eating stingrays

Auckland, Nov 24 - A post-mortem carried out upon a dead female orca has given scientists vital information about the species. The orca's carcass was retrieved after being spotted at the weekend by a yacht crew sailing near the Noises Islands and was towed to shore by the Coastguard.


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