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June, 2008

  • 1 June

    St. Pete Zoo Fined for Saving Baby Seals

    source: www.russiatoday.ru

    (from Russia Today) Eleven malnourished seal pups have been rescued from a beach and taken to a zoo in Saint Petersburg. However, city authorities have taken a dim view of the zoo”s actions and have hit it with a fine as the seals lacked the correct documents. The baby seals …

May, 2008

  • 29 May

    Scientific Partnership ‘Could be Used for Whaling’

    (from ABC News) The Federal Opposition has asked the Government for an assurance that the results of a joint scientific research program between Australia and Japan will not go towards whaling research. Under an agreement reached during the International Whaling Commission conference, Japanese scientists will take part in an Australian …

  • 29 May

    New Zealand Moves to Protect Rare Dolphins

    (source: Wikipedia)

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand plans to ban commercial fishing near its coast and set up marine reserves to protect the rare Hector”s dolphins, a government minister said on Thursday The Hector”s dolphin is estimated to number around 7,400 from 29,000 in the late 1970s. However, one of its sub-species, …

  • 28 May

    Still no Action on Whaling

    (by Tim Norton, Green Blog) Senate Estimates have shown the true lack of commitment from the Rudd Government on the fight against whaling in our Antarctic waters. Under questioning, it was confirmed that the 2008 budget held no funding for a continuation of the customs ship Oceanic Viking (or any …

  • 25 May

    Endangered Species Relying on Change in Focus

    (By Bridget Vercoe, The New Zealand Herald) Last year, China”s baiji dolphin was declared extinct. The fates of the western grey whale, northern right, vaquita and New Zealand”s Maui and Hector dolphins now hang in the balance. Surely this should serve as a guide to the International Whaling Commission of …

  • 25 May

    Tough New Rules Brought in to Curb Scottish Seal Killings

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    (By Ian Johnston, The Independent) Tough new regulations are to be introduced to curb the killing of seals by Scottish fish farmers, The Independent on Sunday has learned. The move comes as two headless seals – one heavily pregnant, the other a juvenile – were discovered last weekend on a …

  • 24 May

    Humans are the Danger

    (Rob Stewart, The Guardian) Sharks are in serious trouble. Research this week has revealed that more than half the world”s ocean-going sharks face extinction in the near future. I first became aware of their plight in 1999, on an assignment in the Galapagos Islands. Instead of photographing them, I wound …

  • 22 May

    Mystery As 38 Whales Die on Senegalese Beach

    (International Herald Tribune) DAKAR, Senegal: The bodies of at least 38 whales have washed up on a Dakar beach and wildlife officials say as many as 100 swam up close to the shore. Villagers living nearby said the whales were spotted late Tuesday night, veering closer and closer to the …

  • 22 May

    Fin Soup Threatens Survival of Ocean Sharks: Study

    by jmurawski (Flickr)

    By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) – Overfishing partly caused by booming demand for shark fin soup, a delicacy in some Asian countries, is threatening the existence of 11 kinds of ocean sharks, an international study showed on Thursday. The fish, often seen as ferocious sea predators, suffer from largely unregulated …

  • 22 May

    Blue whale nursery threatened by fish farms

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    (Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom By Charles Clover) One of the largest nursery grounds of the blue whale is threatened by the expansion of the global salmon farming industry, a prize-winning conservationist warned yesterday. The hitherto unknown feeding and nursery area for hundreds of the world’s largest animals was discovered off Chiloé …

  • 19 May

    Film wins 26 awards but will not be screened in Malta

    Times of Malta (Times of Malta, Malta) During the last six months, cinemas all over the world have been premiering a movie that has already won 26 international awards including best environmental film of 2008. This documentary is Sharkwater but regretfully, it will never reach cinemas here in Malta. When …

  • 19 May

    Iceland resumes whaling, ministry says

    REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Iceland”s government said on Monday it would allow 40 minke whales to be hunted, ending a temporary halt to a practice which has angered conservationists. A ministry official told Reuters that Einar Guoffinsson, minister of fisheries, had issued the order. The head of a local whaling association …