The 66b meeting of the Scientific Committee (SC) of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was held in Bled, Slovenia from June 4th to 20th, 2016 and gathered together more than 150 international experts to discuss issues concerning conservation and management of cetaceans.
Another terrible slaughter of pilot whales has taken place in the Faroe Islands in recent days.
The Japanese Fisheries Agency has announced that 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde's whales have been slaughtered by its whale hunting fleet in the north western Pacific.
The annual hunts started in May and, according to officials from the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research the whales have been killed for scientific purposes such as studying stomach contents and taking skin samples.
Studies of minke whales in Antarctica have revealed some more secrets about how these amazing creatures feed.
Data taken over several weeks showed the minke’s feeding in a way unique to other whales; spending most of their feeding time under the sea ice and skimming just below the frozen water, scooping up large volumes of krill.
Once again, more pilot whales have been slaughtered in the Faroes. This time 43 whales have been killed in the first hunt of the season on the Islands. The whales were driven to shore and killed in the bay of the Faroese village Hvannasund. A total of 508 pilot whales had been killed in 2015.
WDC celebrates a massive achievement in our campaign to make whaling a deal-breaker in the free trade agreement negotiations between the EU and Japan.
On July 6, 2016 in Strasbourg, a majority of the members of the European parliament (MEPs) agreed on a resolution asking for stronger measures from the EU against Japanese whaling. The vote was overwhelming with 610 votes in favour, 11 against and 77 abstentions.
Fishermen in Japan have killed the first Baird's beaked whale of the season which runs until the end of July. They have been given a quota of ten whales by the Japanese government for 2016.
The 10-metre female whale weighed around ten tonnes. WDC is very concerned about the welfare and conservation impacts of these unregulated and extremely cruel hunts.
Members of the European Parliament have demanded stronger action by the EU against Japan’s decision to ignore international law and continue killing whales for ‘research’.
The calls came at a meeting in Strasbourg on June 8th when Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives of the EU Council and Commission debated Japan's so-called ‘scientific’ whaling.
Tuesday saw the start of the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) 2016 Scientific Committee meeting, hosted in Bled, Slovenia. WDC experts have been part of the meeting for more than 20 years and will present a number of papers as well as take part in the various workshops and sub committees.