June 13, 2014 Japan has caught 30 minke whales in its first hunt since the International Court of Justice ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic. A report by the Japanese Fisheries Agency said that 30 minke… Read More ›
Editor’s Note: Humpback whales returning from their Mexican winter vacation have collided with Central California’s crabbing industry with the result of nearly a half-dozen whales entangled in crab traps and rigging. The whales returned earlier than normal–all while the crabbing… Read More ›
Highly endangered North Atlantic right whales number about 500 individuals. They’re so-named because their slow-moving, shore-hugging habits and tendency to float when dead made them the “right” whale to kill. They were hunted to near extinction by the early 1900s.
Yesterday a NOAA-led response team successfully freed an entangled humpback whale off Lahaina, Maui. This was a different animal than the ones reported on last week. The entangled subadult humpback whale was first seen and monitored by Pacific Whale Foundation’s… Read More ›
Death by fishing gear entanglement is the most commonly diagnosed cause of death among eight large whale species on the eastern North American Continental shelf.
Japanese whalers accused of breaches 1/6/13 (Reuters) – Anti-whaling activists said on Monday they had captured images of Japanese ships killing protected whales inside an internationally recognized whale sanctuary, sparking criticism of the Australian government’s handling of the issue. The… Read More ›
Lawsuit Forces Review of Fishery Impacts on Endangered Atlantic Whales and New Rules to Protect the Species from Entanglements Defenders of Wildlife, Whale and Dolphin Conservation The National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed to formally review the impact… Read More ›