The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) has voted in favour of no longer using the Taiji dolphin hunts as a supply of dolphins for its marine parks. A majorty of the organization's 153 members, of which 37 hold dolphins, supported the decision.
The announcement came a month after the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) suspended JAZA's membership over the issue on the grounds that it was in breach of the organization's ethical guidelines. Failure to comply could have led to JAZA being permanently excluded.
In a move that is both highly controversial and provocative, Iceland’s sole fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, is preparing to ship 1,700 tonnes of fin whale meat to Japan via the port of Luanda in Angola, off the southwest coast of Africa.
A campaign by a coalition of marine mammal scientists and animal protection NGOs, including WDC, has successfully prevented filming of a new reality TV show, "Dolphins with the Stars” in Portugal.
WDC has played a key role in supporting the development of a new acoustic tool that will be used to find out more about one of South America's rarest species - the Franciscana dolphin.
Working closely with colleagues from other organizations such as Fundacion Cethus, who WDC has funded for many years, the project focused on the dolphins found in the Rio Negro estuary in Patagonia, Argentina.
Reports from Iceland suggest that whalers have started this year's hunt after nearly 2 tonnes of minke whale meat were offloaded by the Hrafnreydur whaling vessel on Monday.
Iceland's whaling season opened once again against a backdrop of opposition from within the country. IceWhale, the whale watchers' association of Iceland, has strongly criticized the hunt which is taking place in Faxaflói Bay, one of the main whale-watching destinations for tourists from around the world.
Scientists in the US have announced the development of a new tool that they hope will lead to a reduction in the number of whale deaths caused by boat collisions and entanglement in fishing gear.
A rare and unique population of Bryde's whale that live in the Gulf of Mexico may be awarded greater protection after US authorities opened up a small area of their habitat in the DeSoto Canyon off the Florida Panhandle for oil drilling operations.
A group of scientists conducting research in a coastal area of southern Chile have discovered 20 dead sei whales washed up on rocks.
The whales were found on the shoreline north of the Gulf of Penas and the cause of death is now being investigated. According to reports, none of the whales, showed signs of any injury.
Sei whales, which can reach around 19 m in length, are protected after commercial whale hunts nearly drove them to extinction during the middle of the 20th century.
Icelandic minke whaler, Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson, announced that minke whaling will start in the next few days.