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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....

Legal Action on Proposed Pipeline Expansion in Orca Critical Habitat

Although Canada recently took steps to stop the construction of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline through British Columbia (BC), last month they approved a different proposed pipeline expansion from Kinder Morgan.  The Trans Mountain pipeline would significantly increase shipping traffic and underwater noise within critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca community, in addition to the potential habitat and ecosystem effects of pipeline construction and the increase in risk of a major oil spill. 

Several legal challenges to the National Energy Board’s recommendation to allow the pipeline expansion to proceed have already been filed, including one from environmental groups concerning the Southern Resident orcas and their habitat.  This unique orca population is down to just 83 members and is threatened by vessel effects (noise, traffic, and harassment), toxic pollution, and prey depletion.