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June, 2008

  • 17 June

    Divers Catch Sight of Monk Seal

    (Image:EFE)

    Palma (EFE) .- A diver from Palma de Mallorca, saw a monk seal in the Isla del Toro (Calvià) marine reserve , which was believed extinct animal from the waters of the Balearic Islands since the 50″s. The encounter with the specimen, just over two meters in length, “light-colored almost …

  • 17 June

    Greenland aboriginals abusing whaling quota

    (Reuters) Greenland”s aboriginal people are selling around a quarter of their subsistence whale catch to local supermarkets for profit, an undercover investigation by an animal welfare group showed on Tuesday. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) said hidden cameras probing the North Atlantic island”s whaling industry found …

  • 16 June

    Pacific Nations Ban Tuna Boats to Stop Stock Collapse

    from Bloomberg

    (Bloomberg) Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and six other Pacific nations banned tuna boats from an area of ocean almost the size of Alaska to save the fish from a repeat of the collapse of Atlantic cod fisheries in the 1980s. The island nations prohibited fishing boats from two …

  • 16 June

    Ban balloon releases to stop animals dying, say conservationists

    from TimesOnline - Christine McGuinness

    (from TIMESONLINE) Mass releases of balloons are posing a deadly threat to wildlife and should be banned, marine conservationists said today. The practise of releasing thousands of balloons into the sky has become popular with charities and at commemoration events. But the debris left behind is killing seabirds, turtles and …

  • 15 June

    Companies Get OK to Annoy Polar Bears

    From Washington (AP)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to annoy and potentially harm them in the pursuit of oil and natural gas. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations this week providing …

  • 15 June

    Dead Dolphins: Navy admits use of anti-submarine sonar off Cornish coast

    From Telegraph.co.uk

    A Navy helicopter was using controversial sonar equipment off the Cornish coast days before 26 dolphins died in a mass stranding. Officials at the Ministry of Defence admitted last night that the sonar “dipper”, designed to hunt submarines, had been used by a Merlin helicopter on training exercise. Four days …

  • 13 June

    Whaling policy appears high and dry

    (from theage.com.au) NOTHING has changed, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd repeatedly said, calming doubters over his Government”s whaling policy. But that”s the point. Rudd reassured Australians demanding international legal action against Japan that he had always wanted to try the diplomatic route first, and reserved the right to go to courts …

  • 13 June

    Green group fears ocean terminal dolphin threat

    A national conservation lobby group says Australia”s only native species of dolphin is at risk of extinction if plans for a north Queensland ocean terminal go ahead. The Townsville Ocean Terminal and luxury canal estate project was sold this week to an international marina development company. The manager of the …

  • 12 June

    Fast fall of Mediterranean sharks

    image from BBC News

    Sharks in the Mediterranean Sea have undergone a massive decline over the last two centuries, scientists have discovered from historical records.Some species shrunk by more than 99% over the period, mainly due to fishing. Researchers used fishermens” notes and archive records to plot population trends of five top predatory sharks.The …

  • 11 June

    Legal challenge to whaling still option, Rudd tells Japan

    (from theage.com.au) Australia is still considering taking Japan to court over its whaling in the Southern Ocean, with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd denying he has abandoned the plan. On the eve of his first meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in Tokyo, Mr Rudd told the Japan National Press …

  • 10 June

    Whales stranded off Madagascar

    Marine noise has been known to disorientate whales in the past

    A mission is under way to rescue more than 100 whales trapped in a bay in the north of Madagascar. About 30 whales have already died and experts are being flown in from across the world. The site is near an area where ExxonMobil is carrying out seismic surveys but …

  • 10 June

    Why do dolphins beach en masse?

    (BBC News Magazine) Twenty-six dolphins have been found dead, having stranded themselves in shallow waters on the Cornish coast. Why do they beach themselves together? A pod of 15 dolphins first became beached early on Monday morning, having swum up the river creek near Falmouth. Within a few hours, more …