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Norway ups whale kill numbers and removes whale welfare protections

The whaling season in Norway has begun on the back of disturbing announcements from the...
Image taken from an unmanned hexacopter at >100ft during a research collaboration between NOAA/SWFSC, SR3 and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Research authorized by NMFS permit #19091.

Southern Resident orca petition to list them under Oregon Endangered Species Act advanced

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to advance a petition seeking to protect...
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WDC and Conservation Partners Continue to Seek Oregon Endangered Species Protection for Southern Resident Orcas

On Friday, April 21st, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will determine whether the petition...
WDC Seal Rescue April 2023 (1)

WDC conducts milestone seal rescue in Marshfield

For Immediate Release, April 10, 2023 MARSHFIELD, MA - A young grey seal was found...

Whalers in Iceland kill first minke whale of season

Reports from Iceland suggest that whalers have started this year’s hunt after nearly 2 tonnes of minke whale meat were offloaded by the Hrafnreydur whaling vessel on Monday.

Iceland’s whaling season opened once again against a backdrop of opposition from within the country. IceWhale, the whale watchers’ association of Iceland, has strongly criticized the hunt which is taking place in Faxaflói Bay, one of the main whale-watching destinations for tourists from around the world.

Following a question on the economic value of a dead whale in the Icelandic Parliament by the Green Party, the Fisheries minister revealed the figure to be just 6700 euros ($7550 / £4900). IceWhale noted that it takes only one whale watching trip with 125 passengers to generate the same amount of income. Ticket sales in Reykjavik alone generated over $7 million in 2014.

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