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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award

The success of WDC's Shorewatch programme was acknowledged recently after being nominated in the Citizen...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Norwegian hunters may kill nearly one thousand whales

Norway’s minke whaling season opened Saturday with whalers given an increased quota of 999, up from 880 whales last year.

The quota (number of whales they can kill) is self-allocated and set by Norway’s own Fisheries Ministry, which claims that it has set the quota numbers in accordance with scientific advice from the international body that regulates whaling (International Whaling Commission – IWC). However, these inflated kill numbers are higher than would be deemed “sustainable” by the IWC’s own scientific committee.

Despite declining demand for whale meat, Norway is currently the world’s biggest commercial whaling country, hunting minke whales under an ‘objection’ to the global ban on commercial whaling imposed by the IWC. Last year, Norwegian whalers killed 591 minke whales.

A recent documentary screened on Norwegian channel NRK revealed that around 90% of the minke whales hunted were females, many of them pregnant.

Late last week, Japan’s whaling fleet returned home after killing 333 whales.

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