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

South Pacific Forum. Whales eat too much fish: Japan

Sydney Morning Herald August 27th, 1998

Palikir, Micronesia: Japan launched a major diplomatic offensive to wreck plans for a South Pacific whale sanctuary by arguing that whales would devestate the region's fish stocks if they were not killed, a leaked diplomatic cable revealed.

The 29th South Pacific Forum in the Federated States of Micronesia endorsed plans for the sanctuary yesterday, but only after a last-minute bid by Palau to give Japan the right to veto the sanctuary was rejected.

Support for a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary.

Media Release August 25, l998 Senator Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment, Australia.

An Australian and New Zealand initiative to increase protection for great whales has been supported by the South Pacific Forum.

The Forum meeting this week in the Federated States of Micronesia, has reiterated its support for the moratorium on commercial whaling and
a proposal to establish a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary for great whales to complement the existing Indian and Southern Ocean sanctuaries.


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