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Whaling to return in Iceland as bleak summer for whales looms

After a long wait, the decision on whether fin whale hunts in Iceland can go...

Government report shows whales continue to suffer in Icelandic whaling

The Icelandic government's Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST - the country's expert council on animal...
whale and Japanese whaling ship

New whaling ship leaves port as the whaling season begins in Japan

The whaling season in Japan is now underway following the launch of the industry's new...
Shorewatch citizen science army clock up 1 million minutes looking out for whales and dolphins

Scottish Dolphin Centre volunteers clock up 1 million minutes looking for whales and dolphins

Members of the public who have committed to helping to save whales and dolphins have...

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine wildlife areas on the planet have been expanded.

A decision to further protect the nutrient-rich waters surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) was taken by the UK and local governments after a campaign WDC supported as part of the Great Blue Ocean coalition.

Our work included feeding into expert workshops with the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands government, and now means the protected area (a crucial route for migrating whales) will increase by a further 166,000 sq. kilometer (64,092 sq. mile) - an ocean area surrounding these remote islands that is bigger than England and Wales combined.

These rich waters are slowly recovering from centuries of industrial-scale exploitation. Humpback whale populations that feed in the region are now back to over 90% of their number before industrial whaling.

There are no permanent human residents on the islands, which sit equidistant between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, but the biodiversity includes a wide array of whales, millions of seals and tens of millions of breeding birds. But the waters are also facing modern threats from rising temperatures and concentrated fishing efforts.

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