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Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Last Ocean film to show in London

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Young’s feature documentary, The Last Ocean will be showing in London on Thursday 4th July.

The film, which is supported by WDC, looks at the threats facing what is the last intact ocean ecosystem on Earth – the Ross Sea, and exposes the commercial over-fishing of the Antarctic toothfish in the region, which is sold as Chilean sea bass in restaurants around the world. The adult toothfish population looks set to be reduced by 50% over 35 years, which will inevitably destroy the natural balance of this pristine ecosystem.

The film airs just as negotiations to protect the Ross Sea begin. In July the body that governs the waters around Antarctica, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), will be meeting in Bremerhaven, Germany to discuss a joint proposal submitted by United States and New Zealand for the establishment of a large marine protected area in the region.

Find out more about the Ross Sea MPA page.

More details about the film.