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India's first captive dolphins are dead


All three dolphins held at India's first dolphinarium, 'Dolphin City' near Chennai, which opened only a few months ago, are now dead. It appears that the first dolphin - a female - died in mid-September, closely followed by her mate. The third dolphin collapsed and died on October 2nd, reportedly through exhaustion, since it had been the sole performer at the dolphin shows at the park for some weeks.

Makah: The News Tribune


Whale hunt represents a revival

For Makah, whaling is the cultural and spiritual renewal for tribe's traditions

Leslie Brown; The News Tribune

NEAH BAY - Shortly before she died, Michelle Black's grandmother told her the gray whales would return some day.

They were hunted to near extinction. They moved farther and farther from the rugged shore where the Makah Indians made their home. They were put on the Endangered Species List.

Makah: The Province 'Makah hunt on hold'


Whale hunt put on hold (The Province)

Greg Middleton, Staff Reporter The Province


The controversial hunt for a whale by the Makah Indian tribe in Washington state has been put on hold temporarily.

The Makah and the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service are trying to iron out exactly which whales are fair game for the hunters.

The Makah have agreed with the International Whaling Commission not to kill so-called resident whales.

Forget the harpoon and just use the gun, Makah whaler proposes.


Forget the harpoon and just use the gun, Makah whaler proposes.

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, October 6th 1998


NEAH BAY, Wash. -- A leading Makah whaler said Monday he favours gunning down a grey whale from a power boat without a traditional dugout canoe and without the presence of the news media.

"If I had my choice, I'd do it with the chase boat," said Wayne Johnson, who is a key member of the eight-man whaling team and a Makah whaling commissioner.

Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary one step closer


On 29 September the Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary came one step closer to life after the Italian Government officially agreed on a proposal which will be shortly forwarded to France and the Principality of Monaco. The proposal involves the establishment of an international protected area for cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea, approx. 100.000 km2 wide, comprised between the continental coast of Italy, Monaco and France, Corsica, and northern Sardinia.

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More protection for cetaceans in Australia


Australia - October 6, 1998 MARINE MAMMALS GET PROTECTION

Western Australia has set guidelines to promote conservation of its marine creatures.

Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes announced the guidelines which she said would see previously voluntary whale watching guidelines replaced with a legally enforceable code that included provisions for interactions with dolphins, seals, sea lions and dugong.

Whales welcomed back to British waters


Whales welcomed back to British waters By Charles Clover: The Electronic Telegraph - Monday 5 October 1998


THE waters off Britain's north-west coast are "teeming" with whales and dolphins, according to a survey for Greenpeace and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

The five-week study in July and August recorded 11 species: sperm, fin, sei, pilot, killer and minke whales and common, Atlantic white-sided, white-beaked and Risso's dolphins together with the harbour porpoise.

Seismic implicated in scaring fish as well as threatening whales


Norway - October 4, 1998 BOATS SCARE BLUEFIN TUNA

This year's trial fishery for bluefin tuna in the Norwegian EEZ was partly destroyed when seismic vessels scared off the fish.

According to a government observer on board one of the Japanese longliners licenced for the fishery, they had good catch rates for a short period until some seismic vessels engaged by oil companies moved into the area.

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