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July, 2008

  • 3 July

    Puffin Numbers Plummet On Main Breeding Site

    From telegraph.co.uk

    (From telegraph.co.uk) A dramatic drop in the population of puffins at their main North Sea breeding site has alarmed scientists. After almost 40 years of breeding success puffin numbers on the Isle of May have plummeted by 30 per cent.

  • 2 July

    Two men charged in East Coast seal hunt protest plead not guilty

    (From The Canadian Press) SYDNEY, N.S. — The lawyer for two men facing charges of getting too close to Canada”s spring seal hunt was in a Nova Scotia courtroom on Wednesday to enter not guilty pleas on their behalf. Lawyer Guy LaFosse said his clients, Alexander Cornelissen, captain of the …

  • 2 July

    Sea Birds Die In Fishermen’s Nets

    From telegraph.co.uk

    (From telegraph.co.uk) Sea birds are dying entangled in fishermen”s nets off the Yorkshire coast. So many birds were being killed that the Environment Agency ordered the temporary closure of the fishery. But the two-week cooling-off period has now ended and the nets have once again been set off the beaches …

  • 2 July

    Washington: Sentences for Hunt

    (From nytimes.com) Five Makah Indian whalers who killed a gray whale in an illegal hunt last September have been sentenced in federal court. The two men considered leaders of the group, Wayne Johnson and Andy Noel, were sentenced to five months and three months in jail, respectively. They will also …

  • 2 July

    Oceans In Crisis

    (From telegraph.co.uk) One of the long-established ecological principles is that large animals are less abundant than smaller ones. There are fewer elephants than antelope, which are less numerous than rabbits. Because larger animals need more resources, and ecosystem can support fewer of them. The one glaring exception to this principle …

  • 2 July

    Japan Ready To Spare Humpbacks For Another Year: Official

    From AFP

    (From AFP) Japan is ready to spare humpback whales from its Antarctic hunt for another year if international whaling talks make progress, a senior Japanese official said Wednesday. After strong protests led by Australia, Japan last year dropped plans to start hunting humpback whales for the first time in four …

  • 2 July

    Plastic Products Kill Dolphin

    (From gmanews.tv) A dolphin which washed ashore in Bulacan about two weeks ago died over the weekend due to plastic products she ate near Bulacan shores. The said dolphin – a female Risso”s dolphin (grampus griseus) – was found by a fisherman in Bulakan town trapped among mangrove rots of …

  • 2 July

    McCartney Urges EU Ban On Seal Products

    (From canada.com) Pop legend Paul McCartney, who once called the seal hunt a “stain” on Canada”s image, urged demonstrators gathering in Brussels Tuesday to complete their fight for a European seal products import ban. The ex-Beatle said an EU ban could successfully shut down the international sealing industry. “Stopping the …

  • 2 July

    Endangered Gangetic Dolphin Sold In Market

    (From expressindia.com) A Gangetic dolphin, which got entangled in a fisherman’s net, was sold at a local market in Behrampore on Tuesday. This in complete violation of the Wildlife Protection Act since the Gangetic dolphin is an endangered species. During fishing in Bhagirathi river, Naresh Haldar found the dolphin in …

  • 1 July

    Mercury Link To Dolphin Deaths

    (From rsc.org) Australian scientists have found that mercury poisoning could be leading local dolphins to beach themselves. Ross Thompson and Alissa Monk at Monash University in Melbourne suggest that the mercury”s neurological effects would include confusion and disorientation, causing the dolphins to strand themselves on the shore.

  • 1 July

    Protection To Slow Dolphin’s Decline

    From sciencealert.com.au

    (From sciencealert.com.au) Recently announced protection measures will slow Hector”s dolphin decline, according to a new study released on June 29. However, the study also found that further protection would be needed to halt the decline in Hector”s dolphin numbers, and allow population recovery.  

June, 2008

  • 30 June

    Rodrigues Sea Cucumber Plunder

    From Wikipedia

    (From mathaba.net) Following an impassioned hue and cry about sea cucumber harvesting, resident environmentalists on the Indian Ocean Island of Rodrigues, citing overexploitation, petitioned for a moratorium. But, neither the stonewalling regional government nor the strangely muted opposition seem keen to rock the fishermen”s boat.