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Darwin Initiative boosts whale and dolphin protection work in Senegal

Darwin Initiative boosts whale and dolphin protection work in Senegal

WDC's work to protect significant numbers of whales and dolphins dying in fishing nets and...
WDC is ‘on a roll’ with cheeky new partnership

WDC is ‘on a roll’ with cheeky new partnership

Photo by Hal Sato We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with leading sustainable toilet...
EU legal action against France, Spain and Sweden a big step in WDC’s campaign to stop death in nets

EU legal action against France, Spain and Sweden a big step in WDC’s campaign to stop death in nets

The European Commission has demanded that France, Spain and Sweden take immediate action to prevent the needless...
Beluga sanctuary update

Beluga sanctuary update

Update: 1st July 2020 We have been working to relocate belugas, Little Grey and Little...

Whaling in Japan struggles to make a profit

Nearly a year after leaving the International Whaling Commission and resuming commercial whaling, Japan's whaling industry is struggling to make a profit from whale meat sales.

Despite the Government committing to invest over 5 billion Yen (nearly £40m) in the industry, a lack of demand and falling prices, compounded by the coronovirus outbreak, are having a negative impact.

Commercial whaling has led to an increased supply of fresh meat but relies on demand from restaurants for sales. With establishments having to close during the pandemic, the price for whale meat has plummeted by 50% during the past month according to reports.

Frozen meat prices remain steady in supermarkets but with younger members of Japanese society showing little interest in eating whale meat, whalers are struggling to find a market for their product.

More on whaling in Japan

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George Berry

About George Berry

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

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