On December 26, 2018, the Japanese government announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the body that regulates whaling) in order to officially resume commercial whaling operations in Japanese waters.
Last Wednesday, the European Parliament voted ‘yes’ to the EU-Japan free trade agreement (or
Economic Partnership Agreement). It also agreed to a closely related strategic partnership agreement
with Japan. This marked the end of our campaign to use these trade talks to get better protection for
whales from the harpoons of Japanese whalers.
Every now and again whaling interests in Japan call on their government to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates whaling). ‘JEXIT’ as one commentator noted, trying to be clever.
Sad news to share this week – you may have seen our action alert last week asking you to speak up for sea lions and the landmark law that protects them, the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Just a few short hours after we asked for your help,
I recently attended a two-day workshop on Long Island on offshore wind development projects. You could say I was “blown away” (I’m a sucker for a good pun) by the number of people involved in the workshop-over 180!
Because of our name and the work that we do, we have many people who share with us videos of members of the public disentangling whales and other marine life including the recent video of a young man jumping into the water to free an entangled humpback whale. These videos have all of the elements of an amazing story- danger, bravery, and hopefully success.
I’ve just returned from France where a friendly group of scientists from 11 countries were gathered to put our heads together to help protect the whales, dolphins and other marine mammals who live in the Antarctic’s vast Southern Ocean.
We’re calling on all of you once again to Take Action to help save the Southern Resident orcas! The Washington State Task Force released an updated draft of recommended actions last week, allowing just 5 days for public comment.
We urgently need your help – all you need to do is send a tweet, share a video or make a phone call.