Australian Government to fund whale conservation initiatives

In November 2008 Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced funding of $6.15 million to 'kick-start' a range of whale research and conservation initiatives.  The largest portion, some $4 million, would be spent on research programs and scientific partnerships with other countries. In December, Garrett increased the funding package by $26 million over the next five years. A major focus of the research funding is the More...


More illegal whale meat trafficking revealed in Japan

Environmental organization Greenpeace has pushed the Japanese Government and Japanese whaling interests reluctantly into the local media spotlight with new revelations about corruption in the whaling industry. Acting on a tip-off from a former whaling ship employee, members of Greenpeace Japan convened a media conference in May 2008 to reveal a large package of whale meat that had been illegally shipped from the whaling factory ship, More...


Vets release report on humpback calf

Veterinary pathologists from Sydney's Taronga Zoo have released the necropsy report for the orphaned humpback whale calf that swam into Pittwater in August. Daily media reports drew national attention to the debate about what should be done about the whale, named Colin, after attempts to lure it out of the bay and to locate its mother failed. Following days of consultation with experts in Australia and overseas the New South Wales More...


Japanese Whaling Fleet Heading South

Japan's whaling fleet factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, sailed from the island port of Innoshima in southern Japan on 17 November on its way to the Antarctic. On board is this season's "scientific whaling permit" issued by the Government of Japan.  It is understood that the intention is to take 850 minke and 50 fin whales. For the second consecutive year Japan has announced that it will postpone the commencement of its humpback "research", More...

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