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Leaping harbour porpoise

Experts identify ocean areas requiring urgent conservation measures

Scientists and marine experts from around the world have set out new Important Marine Mammal...
Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine...
Humpback whale with calf

Scientists solve mystery of whale song

One of the big mysteries surrounding exactly how some of the great whales are able...
Common dolphin (delphinus delphis) Gulf of California Mexico.

Alpha Travel Insurance supports WDC’s journey to save and protect whales and dolphins across the globe

Alpha Travel Insurance is inspiring globe trotters to make more sustainable choices wherever their adventure...
Leaping harbour porpoise

Experts identify ocean areas requiring urgent conservation measures

Scientists and marine experts from around the world have set out new Important Marine Mammal...
Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine...
Humpback whale with calf

Scientists solve mystery of whale song

One of the big mysteries surrounding exactly how some of the great whales are able...
Common dolphin (delphinus delphis) Gulf of California Mexico.

Alpha Travel Insurance supports WDC’s journey to save and protect whales and dolphins across the globe

Alpha Travel Insurance is inspiring globe trotters to make more sustainable choices wherever their adventure...

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.

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