Endangered Beluga Whales Need Your Voice

Endangered beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet are about to face a seismic attack that will disrupt their eating and mating activities and could drive them closer to extinction. The Trump administration is allowing oil and gas company Hilcorp to expand its offshore drilling operations in Alaska — at the expense of beluga whales and…
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Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/26/japan-confirms-it-will-quit-iwc-to-resume-commercial-whaling The GWC is greatly concerned by this news! While there will be short-term benefits which will likely include no more whaling by the Japanese in the Southern Ocean and the strong potential for the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary to pass the next IWC meeting (without Japan’s aggressive tactics to ensure it fails), we…
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Orca Killed by Satellite Tag Leads to Criticism of Science Practices

The death of a rare killer whale in the Pacific Northwest has been linked to a tagging effort, causing an outcry and re-evaluation… Read it on Flipboard Read it on news.nationalgeographic.com GREAT WHALE CONSERVANCY (GWC) STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF ORCA L95 CAUSED BY A NOAA IMPLANT TAG, AND THE TAGGING OF WHALES IN GENERAL…
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Shipping noise impairs ability of humpback whales to forage

Shipping noise in the North Atlantic could impact population levels of the whales, new research shows Increased shipping noise is disrupting the foraging behaviour of humpback whales in the North Atlantic, according to a new study. Scientists in the US and UK said their findings could impact upon the numbers of humpback whales in the…
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US Navy ordered to protect whales by lowering sonar levels

The US Navy’s sonar levels may harm whales and other marine mammals in the world’s oceans, so they must be scaled back, a San Francisco federal appeals court has ruled. Reuters reports on this important court ruling to protect whales from low-frequency level sonar  used by the Navy.  

Iceland announces no Fin whale hunt in 2016!

Great News – Iceland Calls Off Its Commercial Whale Hunt For This Year Icelandic whaling company Hvalur – the country’s only commercial fin whaling firm – has announced that it will not be hunting fin whales this summer, citing outdated regulatory standards in Japan, where its main market is located, as the reason for the…
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ICJ Ruling in Australia v Japan

The international court of justice (ICJ) at the Hague has determined that Japan’s “scientific” whaling activities were a sham. They had published only two peer-reviewed scientific papers since 2005 despite killing close to 4000 great whales.

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