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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...

Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

With the very real prospect of Iceland's only fin whale hunter, Kristján Loftsson sending boats...
Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Long-finned pilot whale

Fishermen in Norway eat pilot whale after entanglement in net

According to local reports, fishermen in Norway ate meat from a long-finned pilot whale after...

NGO threatens legal action over crab fishery entanglements

A record numbers of 71 whales were entangled in fishing gear last year on the west coast of the US and now legal action is being threatened in California to force authorities to address the issue.

Crab fishing is a major cause of the problem and the Centre for Biological Diversity is arguing that California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is failing to comply with the country’s Endangered Species Act by allowing fishing gear to be used that is causing harm to species such as humpback whales and other wildlife such as turtles.

The next crab season begins in November and the group is pressing for immediate preventative action to be taken to ensure a reduction in entanglements this year.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.