Posts by Danny Groves

Orcas held in Russian whale jail face threat from ice

The 11 orcas captured last year for sale to China and currently held along with 87 beluga whales in small sea pens described as a ‘whale jail’ near Vladivostok, may start dying after many have reportedly developed frostbite. As temperatures begin to drop at the site, ice is starting to form on the surface of…

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Japan to resume commercial hunts the day after leaving IWC

According to reports from Japan, whalers there are looking to begin a commercial whale hunt (killing whales for profit) one day after Japan formally withdraws from the IWC (International Whaling Commission – the global body that regulates whale hunting), on July 1st. This will be the first time Japan has openly hunted whales commercially for…

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Icelandic whaling report raises concerns

A long-anticipated report into the economic impact of Icelandic whaling has been released and raises a number of concerns.  Commissioned by the Icelandic government’s Ministry of Industries and Innovation, which includes the pro-whaling Fisheries Ministry, the report is authored by the University of Iceland’s Institute of Economic Studies, and concludes that whaling is of overall benefit to the…

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Belugas on board

The SEA LIFE TRUST and project partner, WDC have today announced that Europe’s leading all-cargo airline Cargolux will sponsor the flight to help relocate beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White from captivity in China to a sanctuary in Iceland in spring 2019. To mark the occasion WDC was present at the unveiling of a…

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Japan officially announces intention to start commercial whaling again

Today the Japanese government confirmed its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the international body that regulates whale hunting) in order to officially resume commercial whaling.  Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said in a statement the hunts would start in July 2019. In 1982, the IWC introduced a ban on all commercial…

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Japan to withdraw from International Whaling Commission and start hunting whales for commercial profit

The Japanese government has decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the international body that regulates whale hunting) so that it can begin hunting whales for commercial profit. In doing so, Japan has effectively turned its back on international co-operation around the regulation of whale hunting. In 1982, the IWC introduced a…

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European Union agrees ban on some single-use plastics

Representatives from the European Union’s 28 member states have agreed to a ban on some single-use plastics, including plastic cutlery, plates and straws, as part of a plan to cut plastic pollution in the ocean and increase the use of recycled plastic. Back in May, the European Commission put forward the proposal for a European Directive…

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Remembering Hardy Jones

WDC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Hardy Jones, filmmaker, dolphin protection advocate and founder of BlueVoice.org. Hardy worked tirelessly to bring the beauty and vulnerability of whales and dolphins to the public’s attention and was a brave campaigner, exposing the threats they faced from drive hunts and ocean toxicity. Hardy began…

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