(April) Fool’s errand?

Ever the cynic, I say that it’s no coincidence that lone Icelandic fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, has thrown his stash out the window seconds before the US knocks at Iceland’s door. How else to explain this latest – and possibly most audacious - move from a man who specialises in dishing out audacious moves like Smarties at a childrens’ party?

A good day to kill a whale?

This blog was written by WDC's Social Media Coordinator, Anja Reckendorf, who is currently travelling in Iceland. Anja is a veterinarian as well as a conservationist and whale lover and below she gives her perspectives after witnessing the butchering of a fin whale.

Icelandic fin whalers head out to the hunting grounds

Fin whaling vessels owned by Iceland’s biggest whaling company, Hvalur hf, left Reykjavik Harbour yesterday.  After stopping at the whaling station at Hvalfjordur to pick up chains, harpoons and other gear, they headed out to the whaling grounds off Faxafloi.  Last December, the Icelandic Fisheries Ministry self-allocated a quota of 154 fin whales to be killed during the 2014 season, despite the species being classified as endangered and the existence of a massive frozen stockpile of Icelandic fin whale meat in Japan.  Almost no fin whale meat is consumed in Iceland itself.

30 whales killed in first Japanese hunt since international court ban

A Japanese coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales between April and June according the country’s fisheries agency. The hunts, part of Japan's northwestern Pacific ‘research’ programme, are the first since an international court ordered a halt to its annual whaling expedition in the Antarctic, calling in to question the scientific value of such a slaughter.

The ‘Pivot’ and the Whale

US Foreign Policy and the Future of Japanese Whaling

Monday the 16th June marks the 20th anniversary of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS ). The Law of the Sea Convention opened for signature on 10 December 1982, only a few months after the International Whaling Commission (IWC

Britain’s Whale Hunters - an initial review of the BBC series

“You went away a boy and you came back a man”, so says one of the last of the British whalers interviewed for Adam Nicolson’s two part story telling the history of British whaling that aired for the first time on the 8th June.

This is my review written as the programme aired, so please forgive any immediate errors, I'll try and come back to it once I get a chance to review the programme again.


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