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WDC and other groups sceptical of whaler’s effort to distance Icelandic seafood company from fin whaling

The Don’t Buy From Icelandic Whalers campaign, an alliance of 14 conservation and animal protection groups including WDC, has reacted with dismay to the news that Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur will resume fin whaling and with skepticism to the news that Hvalur has abruptly sold its shares in seafood giant, HB Grandi to Brim, another major Icelandic seafood company, on the eve of a major fishing industry trade expo.

England looks to ban plastic straws

UK prime minister, Theresa May has announced that a consultation will begin later this year that could lead to the banning of cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics from sale in England in 2019.

The move is the latest in a drive to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans. Plastic is a growing threat to whales and dolphins as well as seabirds and other marine creatures with over half of all whale and dolphin species recorded eating plastics they've mistaken for food.

Fossil of new extinct baleen whale discovered in New Zealand

Scientists have discovered a new species of extinct baleen whale after examining a skull and other bones that were discovered on New Zealand's South Island 30 years ago.

Toipahautea waitaki, is estimated to have been around five metres in length and lived around 27.5 million years ago, making it one of the earliest known baleen whale to have been found so far.

Icelandic fin whale hunting to resume

Iceland’s only fin whaling company, Hvalur hf,  announced today that it will resume fin whaling on June 10th after a break of two years.

As many as 161 fin whales could be killed, and the tally may even reach over 200 fin whales if the whalers also decide to exploit a second quota of 48 fin whales to the east of Iceland [source Hafogvatn].  

Commonwealth nations announce pledge to fight plastic pollution

Countries from across the Commonwealth have today pledged to eliminate avoidable single use plastic in an ambitious bid to clean up the world’s oceans.

New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have become the latest nations to join the UK and Vanuatu-led Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – an agreement between member states to join forces in the fight against plastic pollution.

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