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A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

Icelandic whaler may have offloaded whale meat before US imposes sanctions

Just day before US President Obama’s office is due to announce what sanctions the US will impose against Iceland for its continuing hunting and trade of fin whales, WDC received news of a potential shipment of 2,000 tonnes of fin whale meat out of Iceland. 

WDC sources reported that whale meat was apparently being loaded onto the reefer Alma, moored at Hafnarfjordur, near Reykjavik and believed to be bound for Japan.  Iceland’s main whaler, Kristjan Loftsson stockpiles his company’s fin whale meat here and was reportedly in the area in recent days.  Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Iceland’s Foreign Affairs minister claimed ignorance of the shipment when questioned in the Icelandic Parliament, the Althingi, this morning.

The US government is due to announce what action will be taken against Iceland and its continued fin whaling activities, which undermine international agreements like the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Recently, WDC also reported the transshipment of Loftsson’s whale meat across Canada by rail.

WDC is tracking the shipmment and will report further inofrmation as it becomes available.