Cetaceans http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28070/all en Ottawa ponders lifting threatened species status for Pacific humpback http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140422/humpback-whales-bc-coast-removed-threatened-species-status <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER - In the midst of the heated debate over oil tankers off the coast of British Columbia, the federal environment minister has proposed improving the status of North Pacific humpback whales from threatened to "special concern."</p> <p>The whales have played a starring role in the campaign against oil pipelines and opponents accused the federal government Tuesday of removing a hurdle to the proposed multibillion-dollar Northern Gateway (TSX:ENB) pipeline.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140422/humpback-whales-bc-coast-removed-threatened-species-status" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Cetaceans Human Interest Oceans Politics Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:35:43 +0000 The Canadian Press 6127584 at http://www.globalpost.com Humpback protections downgrade clears way for pipeline http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140422/humpback-protections-downgrade-clears-way-pipeline <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Environmentalist activists on Tuesday decried Canada's downgrading of humpback whale protections, suggesting the decision was fast-tracked to clear a major hurdle to constructing a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean.</p> <p>The government however denied it is playing pipeline politics with the whales.</p> <p>Ottawa announced over the weekend the reclassification of humpback whales as a "species of special concern" rather than "threatened."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140422/humpback-protections-downgrade-clears-way-pipeline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Cetaceans Technology Zoology AFP Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:04:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6127903 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland sends record 2,000 tons of finback whale meat to Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140422/iceland-sends-record-2000-tons-finback-whale-meat-japa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> An Icelandic whaling firm has sent 2,000 tons of finback whale meat to Japan, believed to be a record amount in a single shipment, members of environmental groups said Tuesday.</p> <p> The meat left Iceland in March and is expected to reach Japan in early or mid-May, according to Greenpeace and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It remains unknown where the meat will arrive and who is importing it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140422/iceland-sends-record-2000-tons-finback-whale-meat-japa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Earth Whaling Kyodo News International Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:40:55 +0000 Kyodo News International 6127401 at http://www.globalpost.com Sixty percent of Japanese support whale hunt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130919/football-napoli-poised-tighten-serie-grip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sixty percent of Japanese people support the country's whaling programme, but only 14 percent eat whale meat, a new poll showed Tuesday.</p> <p>The survey comes less than a month after the United Nations' top court ruled the annual mission to the Southern Ocean by Japanese whaling vessels was a commercial hunt masquerading as science in a bid to skirt an international ban.</p> <p>A weekend opinion poll conducted by the liberal Asahi Shimbun newspaper showed that 60 percent of 1,756 voters supported the "research" whaling programme, against 23 percent who opposed it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130919/football-napoli-poised-tighten-serie-grip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Earth Whaling AFP Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:46:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5939410 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan sets up sanctuary for endangered humpback dolphin http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140421/taiwan-sets-sanctuary-endangered-humpback-dolphin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Taiwan is setting up its first marine wildlife sanctuary, in a bid to protect its dwindling population of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, officials said Monday. </p> <p>Local conservation groups say the dolphin numbers have halved to around 60 in the past decade, due to pollution, industrial development, and destruction of habitat.</p> <p>"Indo-Pacific dolphin population is a key index to measure the health of the maritime environment," said Tsai Chia-yang, the head of the Chuanghua Environmental Protection Union.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140421/taiwan-sets-sanctuary-endangered-humpback-dolphin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Megafauna Oceanic dolphins Technology AFP Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:58:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6126552 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan to keep whaling in Pacific but with fewer catches http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140419/japan-keep-whaling-pacific-fewer-catches <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tokyo, Apr 19 (EFE).- The Japanese government has decided to continue whaling in the North Pacific though it will reduce the number of catches as a result of an order issued by the International Court of Justice, or ICJ, for that country to stop hunting whales in Antarctica.</p> <p>Japan's Agriculture and Fishing Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi announced the measure after a Cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140419/japan-keep-whaling-pacific-fewer-catches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Oceans Whaling Agencia EFE Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:01:04 +0000 Agencia EFE 6125564 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan aims to resume whaling in Antarctic in FY 2015 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140418/japan-aims-resume-whaling-antarctic-fy-2015 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Japanese government said Friday it will aim to resume its whaling in the Antarctic from next fiscal year despite a U.N. court ordering Tokyo last month to halt its program there, igniting criticism from the international community.</p> <p> Tokyo has announced it will not conduct whaling in the Antarctic this fiscal year, which started April 1, under the current program, abiding by the March 31 International Court of Justice ruling. But the government said it will submit a new whaling program to the International Whaling Commission by this fall.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140418/japan-aims-resume-whaling-antarctic-fy-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Oceans Politics Whaling Kyodo News International Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:50:41 +0000 Kyodo News International 6124874 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140418/japan-redesign-antarctic-whale-hunt-after-un-court-ruling-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial "research" whaling mission in the Antarctic after a United Nations' court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as science.</p> <p>"We will carry out extensive studies in cooperation with ministries concerned to submit a new research programme by this autumn to the International Whaling Commission, reflecting the criteria laid out in the verdict," Yoshimasa Hayashi, minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, told reporters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140418/japan-redesign-antarctic-whale-hunt-after-un-court-ruling-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Oceans Whaling AFP Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:58:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124789 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140418/japan-redesign-antarctic-whale-hunt-after-un-court-ruling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial "research" whaling mission in the Antarctic after a United Nations' court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as science.</p> <p>"We will carry out extensive studies in cooperation with ministries concerned to submit a new research programme by this autumn to the International Whaling Commission, reflecting the criteria laid out in the verdict," Yoshimasa Hayashi, minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, told reporters.</p> <p>sps-hg/pb/pj</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Cetaceans Oceans Whaling AFP Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:55:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6124764 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan postpones whale hunt until after Obama visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/japan-postpones-whale-hunt-until-after-obama-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan has delayed the start of its next "research" whaling mission by a few days, an official said Thursday, amid media speculation the postponement was to avoid a clash with a visit by US President Barack Obama.</p> <p>A ruling late last month that Tokyo's Antarctic hunt breached international rules that ban commercial whaling sparked celebrations among environmentalists around the world, with some heralding an end to the slaughter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140417/japan-postpones-whale-hunt-until-after-obama-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Megafauna Whaling AFP Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:10:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6123795 at http://www.globalpost.com Green councillor wants whales, dolphins question on Vancouver's election ballot http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140416/green-councillor-wants-whales-dolphins-question-vancouvers-e <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER - A Vancouver councillor says the issue of whales and dolphins at the city's aquarium should be addressed through a question on the municipal election ballot.</p> <p>Green party Coun. Adrianne Carr says she wants council to consider the matter at its next meeting on April 29.</p> <p>Carr says the question would only be added to the ballot if the park board and the Vancouver Aquarium don't reach an agreement before the November election to phase out keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140416/green-councillor-wants-whales-dolphins-question-vancouvers-e" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Stanley Park Zoology The Canadian Press Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:48:14 +0000 The Canadian Press 6123286 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan lawmakers demand continued whaling http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140416/japan-lawmakers-demand-continued-whaling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday demanded the government redesign its "research" whaling programme to circumvent an international court ruling that described the programme as a commercial hunt dressed up as science.</p> <p>The 40-strong fisheries committee, made up of a cross-section of members of the lower house, unanimously passed a resolution urging the administration study "all sorts of options, including walking out of the (international whaling) convention".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140416/japan-lawmakers-demand-continued-whaling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Oceans Politics Whaling AFP Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6122853 at http://www.globalpost.com Lower house committee urges gov't to continue whaling http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140416/lower-house-committee-urges-govt-continue-whaling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Japan's lower house committee on fisheries urged the government Wednesday to continue its whaling program despite a U.N. court last month ordering Tokyo to halt whaling in the Antarctic Sea.</p> <p> The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries adopted a resolution calling on the government to draw up a new whaling program so it can win acceptance as "rational."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140416/lower-house-committee-urges-govt-continue-whaling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Oceans Whaling Kyodo News International Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:47:17 +0000 Kyodo News International 6122684 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts despite court ruling halting Antarctic program http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140415/japan-pro-whaling-lobby-vows-continue-hunts-despite-court-ru <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO - Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members have vowed to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that halted the country's Antarctic whaling program.</p> <p>Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told the meeting Tuesday that Japan must protect its whale-eating culture and secure sources of whale meat. Whale meat dishes were served at the gathering near Japan's parliament.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140415/japan-pro-whaling-lobby-vows-continue-hunts-despite-court-ru" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Antarctic Cetaceans Oceans Whaling The Canadian Press Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:01:58 +0000 The Canadian Press 6122028 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts despite court ruling halting Antarctic program http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140415/japan-pro-whaling-lobby-vows-continue-hunts-despite-court-ru <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO - Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members have vowed to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that halted the country's Antarctic whaling program.</p> <p>Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told the meeting Tuesday that Japan must protect its whale-eating culture and secure sources of whale meat. Whale meat dishes were served at the gathering near Japan's parliament.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140415/japan-pro-whaling-lobby-vows-continue-hunts-despite-court-ru" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Antarctic Cetaceans Oceans Whaling The Canadian Press Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:01:58 +0000 The Canadian Press 6122029 at http://www.globalpost.com