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Iceland kills first fin whale of the season

Conservation groups are calling on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and its member governments to condemn Iceland’s commercial whale hunt following confirmation that the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has killed yet another endangered fin whale. The whale was killed off Iceland’s west coast and landed today at the company’s processing station in Hvalfjörður, less…
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Norwegian minister pledges to push whale meat sales in Japan

Elisabeth Aspaker, Norway’s fisheries minister, has said that she will push for greater sales of whale meat caught by Norwegian whalers into Japan’s markets. She made the promise in an interview on Norway’s NRK TV channel. This is despite Japan having stockpiles of whale meat that people do not want to buy. The minister said,…
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Japan cuts Pacific whale quota by 45%

Japan has stated that the annual whale quota from the North Pacific whale hunt is to be cut by 45% – from 380 whales to 210. The start of the whaling hunt will also be delayed for 4 days so that the sailing of the whaling fleet does not clash with the visit of US…
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Will Japan return to whaling in 2015?

Papers filed by Japan’s  Institute of Cetacean Research against the Sea Shepherd organisation in the US courts yesterday (Friday 11th April) indicated that Japan may be returning to the Antarctic for whaling in 2015. This would mean that Japan is set to redesign its JARPA II programme to abide by the decision of the International…
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Japanese internet giant bans whale product sales

Internet retail giant Rakuten has announced it is terminating sales of whale products through its Japanese marketplace Rakuten Ichiba and has given merchants 30 days to remove them.  The move came after the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in conjunction with Humane Society International (HSI), launched the report Blood e-Commerce on March 18 exposing Rakuten as…
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Rakuten named as biggest online market for ivory and whale meat

Japanese online retailer Rakuten – who owns Play.com in the UK – has been named as the operator of the world’s biggest marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat. The naming comes on the release of a new report by the Environment Investigation Agency (EIA) called “Blood e-Commerce: Rakuten’s profits from the slaughter of elephants…
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Humpback whale singing affected by seismic surveys

A study of singing humpback whales off the coast of Northern Angola has shown that singing during the breeding season is reduced in the presence of noise from seismic surveying. This reduced singing can have a negative impact on the breeding displays of the whales. The study was carried out between March and December 2008.…
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Icelandic whalers find route to market via Canada

After being thrown out of European ports the Icelandic whalers have found a route to their Japanese markets via ports and rail in Canada. A shipment of fin whales meat has been transported across Canada. The fin whale meat arrived in Halifax in the last week of January and was then shipped across the country…
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Iceland signs death warrants of 770 endangered fin whales

Last Friday the Icelandic government quietly signed off the quota of whales to be killed over the next five years. The total includes 770 endangered fin whales and 1145 minke whales. Despite Iceland’s only whaling company having increasing difficulty in finding a market for whale meat the government has decided to continue to issue annual…
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Scottish University supporting Icelandic whaling

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland are using data from dead whales from Iceland’s whaling missions for ‘scientific studies’. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) the scientists don’t see a problem with using the whale data as the whales are already dead. According to an IFAW statement staff from the University…
Researchers estimated abundance of Pacific humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) using photo-identification surveillance of identifiable adults (photo credit: Rob Williams)

Humpback whale population doubles in 8 years

A recent survey of humpback whales off the coast of British Columbia has revealed some good news. Between 2004 and 2011 the population has doubled with an estimated 2011 population of 137 whales. The survey was undertaken by researchers from the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St. Andrews and colleagues from other…
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More shipping companies refuse to handle whale meat

Whale meat from the Icelandic whaling company owned by Kristjan Loftsson has returned to Reykjavik as shipping companies and ports start to boycott the whaling industry. The whale meat has returned after attempts was made to transport the meat to Japan under the guise of frozen fish. As Loftsson’s whaling vessels continue to kill fin…
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Are whaling companies looking to use UK ports?

Is Icelandic whale meat heading to British ports now Rotterdam has banned it? (photo credit: IFAW) When news came out that Icelandic fin and minke whale meat was transiting through the Port of Rotterdam on route to Japan a lot of people got annoyed. Nearly a million people voiced their concerns to the port authorities…
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Iceland drags back first fin whale of season

After just a couple of days at sea the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf have dragged back to port their first harpooned fin whale of the season. Tow boats left port at Reykjavik on Sunday and the first arrived at the Hvalfjordur whaling station with a fin whale strapped to its side yesterday, Tuesday 18th June.…
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Icelandic whalers go on hunt for…. dog food

What do you do with the meat from endangered species that people are no longer prepared to eat? In the case of the Icelandic whalers they turn the meat from endangered fin whales into doggie treats for pampered pets and ship it off to Japan. While there is certainly still a demand for whale meat…