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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

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200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

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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.”