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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
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Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

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UK establishes new large marine reserve in Pacific

The UK Government has announced that it is to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world, located in the Pacific Ocean around the remote Pitcairn Islands.

The reserve will cover 834,000 square kilometres (322,000 sq miles). A major threat to the marine environment in the area is illegal fishing and a satellite watchroom has been set up to monitor activity in the area.

The proposal for the reserve was submitted by the Pew Charitable Trusts and National Geographic working with local authorities on the islands.

WDC’s Marine Protected Areas lead, Erich Hoyt, welcomed the announcement: “This fully protected reserve is good news, too, for the 22 species of whales and dolphins, including blue whales, found in Pitcairn Islands waters.”