Oslo rejects plea to sell whale blubber to Iceland

OSLO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Norway turned down an application to export whale blubber to Iceland on Monday, saying the time was "not quite right" to resume the controversial international trade in whale products.

The Fisheries Ministry said it had rejected an application by Bastesen Fishing Corp AS to export up to 100 tonnes of minke whale blubber to Nordic neighbour Iceland.

Norway resumed commercial whaling in 1993, defying a worldwide moratorium banning the practice. Oslo justifies whaling as part of domestic coastal traditions.

Norway refuses to allow export of whale blubber

14 September 1998: The High North Alliance Web Page today reported that the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries has refused an application for an export licence of up to 100 tonnes of minke whale blubber from Norway to Iceland.

The High North Alliance goes onto say, 'The export application was submitted by Bastesen Fishing Corp., which partly belongs to Member of Parliament and former chairman of the Whalers' Union, Steinar Bastesen. "I do not accept it," he says to the Norwegian News Agency NTB. Bastesen claims that the Ministry has no legal basis to refuse export.'

Whales not to blame for falling fish stocks!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Fish-eating beluga whales appear to be blameless in the recent sockeye salmon disasters that have struck southwestern Alaska's Bristol Bay region, scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service said.

The scientists found that there has been no dramatic increase in the number of Bristol Bay beluga whales, and there appears to be no correlation between beluga population and harvest failures, contrary to some fishermen's accusations that whale predation has caused two years of poor salmon fishing.

Whale freed from tangled lines

Provincetown, Massachusetts. September 13th

Rescuers, including the Coast Guard were heroes for an endangered right whale who got himself in a tangled mess. The whale became ensnared in some lines and buoys off Provincetown, Massachusetts. The whale was successfully released and headed back out to sea.

Keiko update - Happy in his new home!

This morning the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society received a Keiko update from a colleague representing the Earth Island Insititute who is in Iceland:

"Keiko is here. He's healthy. He's doing fantastic!

By 1:30, Keiko was in the sea pen. The minute he hit the water, he gave a huge splash with his tail and dove to the bottom and swam the whole perimeter of the pen. He explored for about 15 minutes, then came up and started eating immediately.

US to introduce 'new' dolphin-swim-with law

The U.S. Agriculture Department will, on Friday (September 11) issue rules to protect dolphins at tourist attractions that allow people to swim with dolphins.

The rules have been condemned by US animal welfare and conservation organizations as weak and ineffectual.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) point out that the Agriculture Department has taken 3-1/2 years from its first proposal to make the regulations law.

Further news on new Australian law

Sydney Morning Herald September 7.

In Adelaide, the Environment Minister, Senator Hill, boosted efforts to protect dolphins after the recent shooting of two in the Port River.

Those found guilty of killing or injuring dolphins in Commonwealth waters will face up to two years jail and fines of up to $110,000 under the new plan. Actions that have a significant impact on a threatened species of dolphin, whether in State or Commonwealth waters, will attract fines of up to $550,000 for an individual and $5.5 million for a company.

Australia moves to further protect cetacean populations

Australia - September8, 1998 HEFTY FINES FOR DOLPHIN KILLERS

The Australian Government is to impose prison sentences of up to two
years for anyone convicted of killing dolphins in Australian waters.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said that in the case of threatened
species, fines of up to five-million dollars for a corporation or half-a-million
dollars for individuals will be issued.

There has been little research on dolphin populations and the government


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