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Whale meat being returned to Iceland

What do the Icelandic whalers do with their whale meat? They sell it to Asian countries to make a substantial profit. However, the whale meat shipped from Iceland to Rotterdam by the global transport company, Samskip, and taken onwards to Hamburg aboard the Cosco Pride, owned by the Evergreen Line shipping company, and destined for Asia is being returned…

Decision time for Ross Sea protected area

Decision  time for world’s largest marine reserve proposals Antarctica’s Southern Ocean “Opportunity for global leadership and lasting legacy” BREMERHAVEN, Germany, July 11, 2013 – As representatives of the 25 Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) started their meeting in Bremerhaven, Germany today the Antarctic Ocean Alliance called it a…

A second guest blog by Dr. Sidney Holt on the ICJ hearings

More about Scientific Whaling – 10 July 2013 The hearings today (10th July) at The Hague International Court of Justice, in the whaling case, in which Australia is challenging Japan, were fascinating but perhaps obscure to some viewers of the UN Web-stream. They were mostly about how Japan had calculated the catch ‘needs’ for scientific whale…

Springer has a calf!

In the summer of 2007, I was fortunate enough to travel to British Columbia and the waters north of Vancouver Island where the Northern Resident population of orcas spend their summers. One day, out on the water, I saw Springer or A-73, a young female orca whose story I knew pretty well. Springer was found…

The Power of One: Hope for Haiti

  Our involvement with Haiti started from a vision inspired by Ms. Jamie Aquino, an educator in Florida who, motivated by both the Haitian community and marine environment that surrounds her, collaborated with WDC to develop an outreach program to connect her students with youth in Haiti.  With a focus on supporting local communities within…

When making money out of whaling is legal under EU rules

Within the European Union it’s strictly against the law to harm a whale or dolphin. This means that it’s highly illegal to go whaling. However, there appears to be nothing to stop ports and shipping companies making money out of helping to ship whale meat from non-IWC sanctioned hunts, through EU ports and on to…