Japanese whaling fleet may set sail on Tuesday

Following its decision to restart 'research' whaling in the Antarctic, Japanese officials have announced that a fleet of whale hunting ships will set sail as early as Tuesday.

This provocative move has been taken despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice (IJC) calling for the hunts to end on the basis that they were basically commercial whaling dressed up as research, and that they had little scientific merit.

Welsh government halts flawed scallop dredging consultation after complaint

The Welsh government has now halted a public consultation process regarding controversial plans concerning a protected marine area in Cardigan Bay, home to many bottlenose dolphins.

Government officials have blamed "technical issues" and have said that the process would have to restart at a later date.

Small fish kills large whale

In a rare incident, a small flat fish is thought to have killed a whale after becoming stuck in the much larger creature's blowhole.

According to scientists, it is the first recorded incident of a pilot whale suffocating on a fish since 1581, and within weeks it is thought to have happened once again.

WDC protests to Welsh government over flawed scallop dredging proposal

WDC, together with partner organisations, Marine Conservation Society and ClientEarth has lodged a complaint against the Welsh Government proposals to open up a protected marine area in Cardigan Bay to damaging scallop dredging activities.

Scallop dredging destroys almost everything and smashes the seabed life forms to pieces and quickly reduces a rich ecosystem to a sandy or muddy desert.

Mine disaster threatens small dolphins

Conservationists and engineers in Brazil are battling to save marine wildlife from contamination following the collapse of a dam, which has led to the waters in the Rio Doce estuary to turn brown with toxic mud.  

After the dam’s collapse, water containing iron-ore residue from the nearby Samarco mine entered the delicate ecosystem of the river, which flows out in to the Atlantic. The area is rich in marine life, including humpback whales and one of the world’s smallest dolphins, the franciscana.

Mass stranding of baleen whales discovered in Chile

Scientists in Chile are investigating what may have caused the death of 337 baleen whales, discovered in June washed up on beaches between the Gulf of Penas and Puerto Natales in a remote southern part of the country. The discovery was made after local authorities instigated a wider search after over 20 whales were found in April.

Controversial dolphinarium opens in Phuket

A new dolphinarium has opened in Phuket, Thailand despite widespread opposition from both local campaigners and overseas.

Five dolphins and two seals are on display at the marine park. Despite assurances from the owner that the dolphins were born in captivity and came from the Ukraine, there is concern that they may have originated in Japan, where many dolphins are supplied to the captivity industry by the fishermen from the notorious annual drive hunts in Taiji.


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