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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

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

New Zealand declares new marine sanctuary

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key has announced that 620,000 square kilometres of ocean within its exclusive economic zone will be protected with the declaration of the new Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary. Activities such as fishing and mining will be prohibited in the sanctuary.

The area covered by the sanctuary lies to the north east of the country towards Tonga and is home to at least 35 species of whale and dolphin as well as a host of other marine life and bird species.

The area also contains the world’s longest underwater volcanic arc and second deepest ocean trench. The announcement was made at this week’s meeting attended by Government heads at the United Nations in New York.

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