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A rising tide against whaling in Iceland?

In the latest informed and articulate description of the whaling debate facing Iceland, Sigrún Davíðsdóttir has written an excellent analysis of the position of Kristján Loftsson and his Hvalur hf fin whaling company. In her article Davíðsdóttir looks at the rehetoric of the Icelandic Government and the ambitions of Kristján Loftsson, son of Loftur Bjarnason who founded Hvalur hf, Iceland’s one and only…

Norway lobbied for higher toxins levels in farmed salmon exports to the EU

Just after Norwegian scientists reported concerns about levels of pollutants in Norwegian farmed salmon, Aftenposten reports that Norway has successfully lobbied the EU to allow farmed salmon to be exported to the EU which have been fed on foodstuffs with a higher levels of toxins than was previously acceptable. The Nordic Page reports that the report states…

Where will New Zealand and Japan go on the issue of whaling?

I read with interest in the New Zealand Herald that the New Zealand Government have raised the issue of whaling with Japan. The Herald reports that ‘Foreign Minister Murray McCully has told his Japanese counterpart that he is hopeful Japan will be open to resuming talks with New Zealand to find a diplomatic solution to…

A life-line for the smallest dolphin of them all?

Throughout its limited range of only a 48km radius in the northern end of the Gulf of California, the vaquita has been rapidly declining in numbers due to incidental entanglement in drift nets and less than 200 are thought to survive. Not only the smallest but possibly the most critically endangered cetacean of them all,…

Repeat Offender: OSHA Fines SeaWorld Again

The seemingly never-ending game of ‘cat and mouse’ between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and SeaWorld, where the August 2010 OSHA-issued citation has been challenged by the theme park from the outset, has not yet run its course. Today, OSHA issued yet another citation against SeaWorld. This second citation compounds the official charges against SeaWorld and…

Orcas in the Irish Sea

Last weekend we had a message from our friends on Bardsey Island, off the coast of North Wales, to say they had spotted a pod of orcas from land. WDC has conducted fieldwork on this beautiful, remote Welsh island for over a decade now, primarly focussing on Risso’s dolphin and harbour porpoise so we were…