Iceland kills first fin whale of the season

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…
Norwegian minister pledges to push whale meat sales in Japan

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,…
Japan cuts Pacific whale quota by 45%

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…
Will Japan return to whaling in 2015?

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…
Japanese internet giant bans whale product sales

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…
Rakuten named as biggest online market for ivory and whale meat

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…
Humpback whale singing affected by seismic surveys

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.…
Icelandic whalers find route to market via Canada

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…