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Grim tally mounts in Norway as minke whalers have their best season for years

The Norwegian Råfisklag (Fishermen’s Sales Association) reports that, as of Monday June 30th, 603 minke whales have been killed. Although the season is barely halfway through, the grim tally already exceeds last year’s total of 590 whales and once again, Norway has allocated itself a quota of 1,286 whales. Råfisklag’s Deputy Director, Svein Ove Haugland, commented: “Last year…

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30 whales killed in first Japanese hunt since international court ban

A Japanese coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales between April and June according the country’s fisheries agency. The hunts, part of Japan’s northwestern Pacific ‘research’ programme, are the first since an international court ordered a halt to its annual whaling expedition in the Antarctic, calling in to question the scientific value of such a…

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Shorewatch’s Big Watch Weekend at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

Here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre we are putting together the final arrangements for our Shorewatch programme’s annual Big Watch Weekend. A weekend where all our volunteers pull together to conduct as many Shorewatches as possible! This data will give us an in-depth look at what the whales and dolphins are doing around the Scottish…

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Norwegian minke whalers boast of a good start to the season

As of Wednesday, a total of 79 minke whales have so been killed this season by Norwegian whalers, reportedly 55 more than at this stage last year.  In what is being reported as a “good start to the season”,  Arvid Johansen of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organisation,  Råfisklaget,  further commented that he could “barely keep…

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First minke whales of the season killed off Iceland

Iceland’s minke whaling season opened on 1st May and already two minke whales have been killed. Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson, owner of the minke whaling company, Hrafnreydur ehf, commented that “The strategy is to reach 50 now”. Last year, 35 minke whales were killed and Iceland has awarded itself a quota of 229 minke whales this…

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Who speaks for the Japanese people when it comes to whaling?

Policymakers should be careful what messages they are listening to coming out of Japan at the moment. I would argue that they should definitely be careful of the proclamations of the Intitute of Cetacean Research (ICR). The ICR is not the Japanese Government and is definately not representative of the Japanese people. The Website of the…

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Three minke whales wash up on UK shores

Three minke whales have washed up dead on UK shores in recent days – one off the coast of Northern Ireland and the other two, unusually, off the cost of Norfolk. Strandings happen for many reasons and, unless the whale is examined soon after death, it is very difficult to find the cause. Errors in…

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Desperate Icelandic minke whalers now have humpbacks in their sights

  Iceland’s minke whalers have announced their interest in hunting humpback whales for ‘scientific research’. Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson, director of the  Minke Whalers’ Association, has declared his company’s interest in such a move, whilst Sverrir Daniel Halldorsson, whale expert at  HAFRO (the government institute responsible for conducting ‘research’ into Iceland’s marine resources and setting ‘sustainable’ catch…

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