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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...

NGO threatens legal action over crab fishery entanglements

A record numbers of 71 whales were entangled in fishing gear last year on the west coast of the US and now legal action is being threatened in California to force authorities to address the issue.

Crab fishing is a major cause of the problem and the Centre for Biological Diversity is arguing that California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is failing to comply with the country’s Endangered Species Act by allowing fishing gear to be used that is causing harm to species such as humpback whales and other wildlife such as turtles.

The next crab season begins in November and the group is pressing for immediate preventative action to be taken to ensure a reduction in entanglements this year.