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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. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

WDC joins the call to GLACIER delegates: No whale products through the Arctic!

WDC has joined a coalition of NGOs to launch a two-week advertising campaign to coincide with this week’s Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) in Anchorage, Alaska.  Sponsored by the US State Department, GLACIER will highlight key US and international priorities in the Arctic and brings together scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders from the region.

Iceland’s President, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, has called for the Arctic to become the “Suez Canal of the north”, a move which risks creating a new ‘super highway’ for the whalers to exploit, as well as damaging already fragile Arctic ecosystems.

Given the recent transit of Icelandic fin whale meat to Japan via Arctic waters, we are calling on GLACIER delegates and President Obama, who is attending, to ensure that an increasingly ice-free Arctic will not become a thoroughfare for commercial trade in whale products.