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Dolphin deaths report released by South Australian Govt. Working Group

The Inter-Agency Marine Life Deaths Working Group has released its first report on the recent spate of dolphin and fish deaths in Gulf St. Vincent in South Australia (SA) and associated waters. Of the 34 dolphins found, six had been tested for morbillivirus by the time that the report was released, and the results were…

Are the Mediterranean common dolphins making a comeback?

Dolphins inhabiting the coastal waters of Greece are facing significant threats. Some populations must deal with increasing human encroachment, while others have disappeared altogether from portions of their former range.Once one of the most abundant cetacean species in the Mediterranean Sea, common dolphins, have declined throughout the region since the 1960s. In 2003 their Mediterranean…

A rising tide against whaling in Iceland?

In the latest informed and articulate description of the whaling debate facing Iceland, Sigrún Davíðsdóttir has written an excellent analysis of the position of Kristján Loftsson and his Hvalur hf fin whaling company. In her article Davíðsdóttir looks at the rehetoric of the Icelandic Government and the ambitions of Kristján Loftsson, son of Loftur Bjarnason who founded Hvalur hf, Iceland’s one and only…

Norway lobbied for higher toxins levels in farmed salmon exports to the EU

Just after Norwegian scientists reported concerns about levels of pollutants in Norwegian farmed salmon, Aftenposten reports that Norway has successfully lobbied the EU to allow farmed salmon to be exported to the EU which have been fed on foodstuffs with a higher levels of toxins than was previously acceptable. The Nordic Page reports that the report states…

Where will New Zealand and Japan go on the issue of whaling?

I read with interest in the New Zealand Herald that the New Zealand Government have raised the issue of whaling with Japan. The Herald reports that ‘Foreign Minister Murray McCully has told his Japanese counterpart that he is hopeful Japan will be open to resuming talks with New Zealand to find a diplomatic solution to…

A life-line for the smallest dolphin of them all?

Throughout its limited range of only a 48km radius in the northern end of the Gulf of California, the vaquita has been rapidly declining in numbers due to incidental entanglement in drift nets and less than 200 are thought to survive. Not only the smallest but possibly the most critically endangered cetacean of them all,…