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Big Blue Whale Project launched


Television personality Janie Omorogbe, a.k.a. 'Rio' of the popular family show Gladiators, took time out today from her busy training schedule to help launch a massive roadshow at the London Aquarium that will allow people to come face to face with a life-sized 100ft, inflatable blue whale! The roadshow is part of WDCS's new Big Blue Whale Project, which will be running for the next two years.

Others present included MPs Roger Gale, Matthew Taylor and Peter Bottomley together with wildlife expert and presenter, Chris Packham.

Campaigning Members Newsletter


The Campaigning Members Newsletter has just been sent out to all our campaigning members. This newsletter is sent out twice a year as well as the membership magazine 'Sonar'. When you become a Campaigning Member you become more involved in the progress of the campaigns department at WDCS and we ask you to write letters and help to build pressure on various issues.

US asked to press China on Driftnets


In the USA, Alaska's Governor, Mr. Tony Knowles, has asked President Clinton to talk to officials in Beijing about driftnet violations when he travels to China next week.

Mr Knowles cited recent incidents involving Chinese fishing vessels which were intercepted in international waters in the North Pacific using driftnets several miles long. The vessels were believed to be targeting salmon.

Denmark gives whaling competency to Faroe Islands

Recent negotiations between the Danish Government and the Faroese Home Rule Government appear to have resulted in Denmark giving full competency to all fisheries issues to the Faroese authorities themselves. This means that the Faroese are not automatically bound by any decision of the Danish Government in relation to fisheries. The Faroese are believed to consider that this control extends to their whaling activity.

Japanese Whaling fleet returns to port


A Japanese whaling factory ship returned to Japan (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture) today, carrying about 300 tons of whale products from 100 North Pacific minke whales. Although supposedly hunted for 'scientific' purposes, these whale products are planned to be distributed in December through the Japanese commercial market.

Suisan Keizai reported (today) that the "research" had been concentrated in the region of the North Pacific between 145 - 155 degrees East.

Suspected Illegal driftnetters caught by US Coastguard


Two Chinese fishing vessels suspected of illegal driftnet fishing in the North Pacific this week were escorted to Shanghai by the Honolulu-based US Coast Guard cutter 'Jarvis'.

The boats, the Tai Sheng and the Shan Yu 16, will be turned over to Chinese officials in Shanghai for further investigation, after they were spotted near the Aleutian Islands, using what appeared to be driftnets. As the vessels fled, crew members cut free and threw the nets overboard.

WDCS welcomes Greenpeace report on Whaling


The following is taken from 'Report on the World's Oceans' (May 1998) Greenpeace Research Laboratories Report, UK. ISBN 90-733-61-45-1. (Reproduced by permission)

Whales and Whaling

WDCS 1998 IWC Report

To view our full report on the 1998 IWC meeting in Oman please download the attached file (either ascii or word 6 format).

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