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No change in Norway as number of whales to be killed remains high

Norway’s Minister of Fisheries has announced today that the country has set itself the same number of whales that it will seek to kill in 2019 as were slaughtered in 2018. 

The quota level will be 1278 minke whales, a very high figure given the lack of demand for the meat in Norway. Some of the meat is also exported to Japan. 

Japan to resume commercial hunts the day after leaving IWC

According to reports from Japan, whalers there are looking to begin a commercial whale hunt (killing whales for profit) one day after Japan formally withdraws from the IWC (International Whaling Commission – the global body that regulates whale hunting), on July 1st.

This will be the first time Japan has openly hunted whales commercially for three decades and follows the Japanese government’s decision a few weeks ago to break away from the IWC.

Icelandic whaling report raises concerns

A long-anticipated report into the economic impact of Icelandic whaling has been released and raises a number of concerns.  Commissioned by the Icelandic government’s Ministry of Industries and Innovation, which includes the pro-whaling Fisheries Ministry, the report is authored by the University of Iceland’s Institute of Economic Studies, and concludes that whaling is of overall benefit to the economy and does not impact

The Yogscast deliver another amazing Christmas gift to WDC

Bristol-based video game sensations The Yogscast have delivered another amazing Christmas gift to WDC, with a donation of almost $340,000 from the 2018 Jingle Jam to help us continue our vital work protecting whales and dolphins across the globe.

Belugas on board

The SEA LIFE TRUST and project partner, WDC have today announced that Europe’s leading all-cargo airline Cargolux will sponsor the flight to help relocate beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White from captivity in China to a sanctuary in Iceland in spring 2019.

Rescuers search for sperm whale in Scottish loch

A rescue team is searching the waters of a Scottish sea loch for a young sperm whale that has been seen in the area over the past few days.

There were concerns that the whale might be entangled in a rope in Loch Eriboll on Scotland's north coast, near the village of Durness.

A social media post from British Divers Marine Life Rescue on Friday morning said the team was still searching for the nine-metre whale. The loch is 10 miles (16km) long.

Japan officially announces intention to start commercial whaling again

Today the Japanese government confirmed its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the international body that regulates whale hunting) in order to officially resume commercial whaling.  Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said in a statement the hunts would start in July 2019.

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