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New Southern resident orca born!

The endangered population of orcas known as the Southern Residents were causing quite a stir in Washington State’s Puget Sound last week, with news helicopters broadcasting aerial images of the orcas.  A few eagle-eyed viewers noticed a particularly small orca swimming amongst the others, but blurry stills and screen-grabs from the news footage made it…

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New Southern Resident orca calf!

Last Thursday, while I was on my way to give a presentation to Oregon’s Midcoast Watershed Council on the connection between Southern Resident orcas and watersheds (and hopefully inspire some whale advocates to dig in to salmon habitat recovery!), my phone started buzzing with messages.  The Southern Residents had been causing quite a stir in…

Japan is leaving the Whaling Commission to start commercial whaling – and it is a big deal

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. The intention is to stop the so-called ‘research whaling’ operations in the waters of Antarctica and the North Pacific and instead concentrate on hunting sei, minke and Bryde’s whales…

A new opportunity to stop Japan’s whaling?

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. Our aim…

Will Japan leave the International Whaling Commission?

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. This is not the first time that Japan has threatened to leave the IWC. Seemingly used as a negotiating tool, it has…

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US Senate wants to kill nearly 1,000 sea lions a year

I have sad news to share – the US Senate has just passed legislation that will allow nearly 1,000 sea lions to be killed each year in the Columbia River that borders Washington and Oregon states.  The bill has already passed the House of Representatives, and is now on its way to becoming law. We’ve…