The recently released Japanese “Red List of Marine Creatures” has been criticized by some experts for the lack of protection it provides for whales and dolphins.
The Japanese Fisheries Agency and Ministry of the Environment compile the list, which is Japan’s own version of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List - the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of different species.
Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Republican representative from Florida, has put forward a resolution in the US House of Representatives calling for an end to Japanese whaling.
In a speech last month he praised Australia for the stance it had taken on the issue and said it was time for the US to now act. He highlighted the issue of Japan hunting whales in Antarctica for commercial purposes under the guise of scientific whaling.
Mr Gaetz wants to see the issue discussed as part of trade negotiations with Japan and will raise it with President Trump as soon as possible.
According to reports from Japan, two new species have been added to the list of those already allowed to be killed, and captured by fishermen in Taiji for use in captivity shows.
Whales and dolphins will no longer be able to be held in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium after the city's Park Board agreed on Monday to ban bringing in new cetaceans. The ban includes injured or rescued whales and dolphins.
Drone footage taken by researchers from WWF studying narwhals in north-eastern Canada has revealed how the whales use their unique tusks to hunt for fish.
Scientists in South Africa have been examining the bodies of three great white sharks that have washed up off the coast of Gansbaai on the western Cape.
The sharks, up to 5m long, had their oil-rich livers missing, with the most likely explanation that they were probably preyed on by orcas.
A marine park holding whales and dolphins in France has pledged to fight the recently introduced ban on breeding orcas and dolphins in captivity.
French authorities announced an end to captive breeding just days ago, which represents a major blow for the captivity industry in the country and a major victory for WDC’s anti-captivity campaign.
Scientists have gained a new insight into the evolution of baleen whales after the discovery of fossil remains from 36 million years ago at Playa Media Luna in Peru.