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Conference – Whaling in the Antarctic' before the ICJ

In 2010 Australian commenced proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice with respect to Japan’s conduct of its JARPAII whaling program in the Southern Ocean. The case will commence its oral phase on 26 June 2013 with three weeks of hearings before the Court. This conference at the Australian National Univeristy seeks to…

Iceland’s new centre-right government is looking both Eurosceptic and pro-whaling

Iceland has a new government. May 23rd marked the first day of a coalition between Sigmundar Davíðs Gunnlaugsson’s centrist Progressive Party and Bjarni Benediktsson’s right-wing Independence Party as Social Democrats‘ leader, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, handed over power and will now retire. The two men are now respectively Prime Minister (at 38, Gunnlaugsson is Iceland’s youngest ever),…

Iceland abolishes Ministry of the Environment

In a move that conservationsists are viewing with dismay, the new Icelandic Government have effectively abolished the Ministry of Environment. The new government is planning on merging the ministry of agriculture and fisheries and the ministry for the environment into one ministry Critics say that this is the same thing as abolishing the ministry for the…

Use The Force Yoda !

Hi Everyone, The dolphin activity around Chanonry Point has been a bit sporadic of late with some days where a lot seems to be happening and others where it seems to be really quiet. We had an influx of some of the younger dolphins that we see around Cromarty more often, including young ID#1022 “Yoda”…

Whales die slow death from fishing gear entanglement

Scientists working out of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have released data that shows ‘for the first time how fishing lines changed a whale’s diving and swimming behavior. The monitoring revealed how fishing gear hinders whales’ ability to eat and migrate, depletes their energy as they drag gear for months or years, and can result…

Disabled orca survives thanks to the help of family

This is just another example of deliberate and considerate actions undertaken within an orca family to care for each other, making it so much more devastating to think about these animals being ripped from their families and put into captivity. And even those born in captivity never experience the true culture of orca families, as…