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US to reduce bycatch associated with imported fish products

Since 1972, the US Marine Mammal Protection Act has (on paper) strictly banned the import of fish and fish products caught in fishing gear that kills or seriously injures marine mammals “in excess of United States standards.” While the US federal agency, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has implemented this long-standing provision for yellowfin tuna…

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Not again! Yet another drive hunt

Marna Olsen continues her reporting from Taiji, Japan It was hard to believe, but again this morning hunting boats grouped together out by the horizon. Black smoke could be seen, which is an indicator of fast movement. Another drive hunt was happening. The species hunted was Risso’s dolphins. The pod was very small, only 6-8…

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First kill of striped dolphins this season in Taiji

The cove turned red today. Blood flowed from underneath the tarps covering the killing zone. Not everything can be hidden from us, the observers. It all happened very fast. We had arrived at the usual lookout point early this morning and were appreciating the amazing red and pink colored sunrise when after a few minutes…

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On Red Cove days, good team spirit is needed most

Another update is provided from the ground in Taiji, Japan by Hans Peter Roth and Marna Olsen on behalf of WDC. One should never get used to Blue Cove days. They will end eventually. Like yesterday. After eight consecutive days with no hunt in spite of relatively good hunting conditions, we had queasy feelings early…

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Important developments for naval sonar and impacts of pile driving

WDC was pleased to be asked to present at the first public forum (that I know of) on Sea Mammals and Active Sonar Symposium this week. You can see our contribution: sonar_symposium_2015.pdf. This is the first of two big noise developments that I want to mention. Whilst we are always impatient for developments to mitigate impacts…

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David Cameron in Iceland: historic chance to table whaling concerns

  In a week when Iceland’s increasingly popular Left Green opposition party reaffirmed its opposition to whaling  and a new Gallup poll reveals that the Icelandic population’s interest in eating whale meat is at its lowest for a decade, it is surely timely that this coincides with the first official visit to Iceland by the UK’s…