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  • 22 September 2014

    Japan is not backing down from its decision to pursue whaling despite the non-binding decision of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to limit Japanese ‘scientific whaling’ programme. Japan described the resolution as “regrettable”, but said it would proceed with a new round of culls in the Southern Ocean next year. The resolution to curb Japan’s controversial “research programme” […]

  • 27 February 2017
    Business & Finance

    Japanese whale poachers have expanded their killing fields to twice as big as before, Sea Shepherd, marine conservation organization engaged in a whale defense campaign, revealed. As a result, Sea Shepherd’s patrol vessels “were searching for a handful of trucks in an area twice as big as Australia,” the organization said. On February 23, Sea […]

  • 25 March 2016

    Over 300 minke whales were killed in Japan’s latest Antarctic Ocean “research mission”, the Japanese Fisheries Agency said yesterday after the country’s whaling fleet return home. The country sent its four-ship whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean in December 2015 with an aim to kill 333 minke whales for what they claim is scientific research purposes, despite public disapproval […]

  • 24 March 2016
    Research & Development

    University of Victoria (UVic) is leading a mission off Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound, north of Tofino, to deepen the knowledge of rare and threatened baleen whales and help protect them from ship strikes. Over the next three weeks, a two-metre underwater ocean glider equipped with acoustic sensors, sonar and hydrophones will allow researchers to track whale movements […]

  • 22 April 2014
    Business & Finance

    The Government of Japan has announced that it intends to return to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales in 2015. It has also officially announced that it will again send its factory whaling ship to hunt whales in the North Pacific, although it plans to target fewer whales, Greenpeace reported today. The announcement confirms that […]

  • 16 January 2017

    The Japanese whale poachers’ factory whaling vessel was located in the Australian Whale Sanctuary with a dead minke whale on its flensing deck, the first to be documented since the International Court of Justice ruled against their whaling operations in the Antarctic in 2014, according to Sea Shepherd. After five weeks of patrolling the Southern Ocean, […]

  • 15 November 2018
    Business & Finance

    Japan deployed its ships for a new whaling operation in the Antarctic Ocean on November 12.

  • 13 July 2018
    Rules & Regulation

    An endangered Blue whale has been killed by an Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf to be sold for export to Japan.

  • 5 May 2015

    As the largest animals in the ocean, blue whales have not evolved defensive behaviors, which might explain why they are so prone to ship collisions, a Stanford biologist Jeremy Goldbogen suggests in his new research. The first direct observations of blue whales attempting to avoid cargo ships suggest that this lack of an evasive response might make the […]

  • 1 September 2017
    Business & Finance

    The marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd will not be sending ships to fight the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean this year, the organization said. The decision was made on the back Japan’s move to employ military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite in order to avoid the organization’s vessels. “During […]

  • 21 June 2005

    South Korea is in favor of utilizing whale resources but cannot say whether it agrees with whale hunting, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Oh Keo-don said Monday. Oh told reporters after the opening ceremony of the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) 57th assembly meeting that South Korea supports the rescinding of Sub-Section e, Section 10 […]

  • 31 March 2017
    Business & Finance

    The Japanese whaling fleet has reached its self-allocated quota of killing 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean as part of the country’s latest “research mission,” the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd informed. Japan reached its goal “despite our efforts to once again disrupt the slaughter of whales,” Sea Shepherd said, adding that the organization has called an emergency meeting of […]

  • 28 November 2017

    Sea Shepherd Australia informed that it has managed to obtain the release of footage of Japanese whaling practices taken by the Australian government during a 2008 Australian Customs mission to the Antarctic. “The Australian Government has suppressed this footage for years,” said Jeff Hansen, Managing Director of Sea Shepherd Australia. “The main reason given was […]

  • 30 November 2015

    Japan has announced plans to send its whaling fleet to the Antarctic Ocean under its new scaled-down scientific whale research program despite the public outcry against its lethal whaling practices. The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that the fleet would head for the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, December 1st and that it […]

  • 5 December 2016
    Business & Finance

    After final preparations in Australia, two Sea Shepherd vessels are now on their way to the Southern Ocean to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet in a bid stop their slaughter of minke whales, Sea Shepherd Global said. The marine conservation organization’s flagship vessel the Steve Irwin departed for their 11th whale defense campaign, Operation Nemesis, […]

  • 27 July 2009

    A rare whale was discovered wedged on to the bow of a cruise ship when it docked in a Canadian port. The 70ft fin whale, a threatened species in Canada, was found when the Sapphire Princess docked at the Port of Vancouver, the cruise company said. It said it had “strict whale avoidance” measures and […]

  • 17 March 2011
    Research & Development

      Scientists have long been aware of a link between naval sonar exercises and unusual mass strandings of beaked whales. Evidence of such a link triggered a series of lawsuits in which environmental groups sued the U.S.Navy to limit sonar exercises to reduce risk to whales. In 2008, this conflict rose to the level of […]

  • 28 May 2015

    A US-based marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has filed claims against Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, seeking a declaration that ICR’s whaling in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica is illegal under international law. Sea Shepherd asked the Court to prohibit future […]

  • 9 November 2017
    Business & Finance

    Japan started a new “research mission” in the Southern Ocean as the country sent its fleet to continue whaling operations in the area on November 9. The fleet departed from the port of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on a mission to catch 333 minke whales through March 2018. Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research informed that it will collect […]

  • 13 February 2007

    Pro-whaling countries are meeting in Tokyo to plot a path towards lifting the moratorium on commercial whaling. Japan invited all 72 members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), but anti-whaling countries such as Britain and Australia are staying away.

  • 24 June 2015

    Japan has declared its intent to continue hunting whales in the Southern Ocean regardless of the conclusion of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that Japan failed to demonstrate any need to hunt whales for scientific research. Under the NEWREP-A proposal, Japan plans to kill 3,996 minke whales over the next 12 years for “lethal research,” IWC’s Scientific […]

  • 30 March 2015
    Business & Finance

    Japanese whaling ships returned home from the Antarctic research mission on Saturday with no catch onboard for the first time in nearly 30 years, the AFP informs. This was the first research mission that did not involve lethal hunting of whales as harpoons were removed from the vessels. The mission involved two ships, the 724-ton Yushinmaru […]