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Who's he trying to fool? HB Grandi's marketing man attempts to deny links with whaling

I am amazed at what we Northerners would call the brass nerve of Brynjólfur Eyjólfsson, marketing director of HB Grandi, Iceland‘s leading fish company, in his assertion earlier this week that „we have nothing to do with whale hunting.“ This is an incredible – and blatantly untrue – statement to make about a company which…

West End boy heads East

In what appears to be a first for the UK’s only resident orca population, some members of the so-called ‘west coast community’ showed up off the east coast of Scotland last week. Two males and one female were spotted off Peterhead and Girdle Ness in Aberdeenshire. One of the males was the legendary John Coe,…

Dolphin intentionally harpooned in Croatia.

During regular surveys, researchers from Blue World (a Croatian ngo) were shocked and saddened to encounter a bottlenose dolphin with a spear gun harpoon sticking out of its back. The dolphin is known to them as Bojan, first sighted back in 2004 and resighted 55 times since then.  Croatia is one of the few countries…

NOAA needs to hear from us all

Please help reduce entanglements of right and humpback whales!  Join me in letting NOAA know that we need them to protect large whales! NOAA is proposing to restrict the use of risk-prone lines that go from the lobster and crab pots to the surface buoys but they need to include more gear types and a more comprehensive marking…

More Protection Needed Against Sad Entanglements

Recently, a dead North Atlantic right whale was spotted off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina that appears to be a victim of entanglement – line can clearly be seen going through the mouth, wrapped through baleen, and extending along the body.  The whale has been identified by the New England Aquarium as Patti, an adult male…

Slow Ships for Safe Whales

As a policy intern I spend most of my time in the office, reading a lot of important papers and doing a lot of important things, but every once in a while they unchain me from my desk (remember, we’re against captivity) and let me out on a boat.  It’s nice to get out on…