2002

NZ: Extinction list stuns minister

The Conservation Minister is stunned by a new report showing more than 2000 New Zealand species are threatened with extinction.Full Story...

28th Dec 2002

Beached whale set free

A team of coastguards has succeeded in freeing a whale which beached itself on rocks in Portland Harbour, Dorset. [Although reported as a juvenile hum...

27th Dec 2002

Mysterious underwater noise is likely a whale mating call

The mystery of an underwater noise that for years confounded Navy sonar operators in the North Pacific Ocean has been solved by a San Diego-based rese...

27th Dec 2002

Stranded Orca Frees Itself

An unexpected visitor arrived off the coast of North East Lincolnshire on Christmas morning. A killer whale, nicknamed Noel by RSPCA workers, was repo...

26th Dec 2002

Vogtle whale is at the Georgia Southern Museum

The 11-foot-long whale has well-defined hip sockets that suggest the animal had legs. Full Story...

26th Dec 2002

Beached whale one of world's rarest

A whale that beached itself in Japan this summer has turned out to be the most complete specimen ever seen of a rare species, scientists have said. Fu...

26th Dec 2002

Annual gray whale migration under way on Oregon coast

The annual gray whale migration is under way and volunteers are marking their 25th anniversary as they set up observation stations along the Oregon co...

26th Dec 2002

Documents reveal secret whale pact was signed in 1962

Japan signed a secret pact with Britain, the Netherlands and Norway on whaling in the Antarctic Ocean when those four nations and the Soviet Union fin...

24th Dec 2002

Ireland fights to keep out Spanish fishing boats

Ireland has threatened to go to the European Court of Justice to keep Spanish fishing boats out of its coastal waters in what the country's fisheries ...

24th Dec 2002

How to be reconciled with an oil-spill

Initial reaction to the accident was grotesque in ways both expected and unexpected. Other shipping in the area, for example, took advantage of the ch...

24th Dec 2002

30-year-old law hailed as protector of dolphins

The 30-year-old Marine Mammal Protection Act has been credited with reducing the number of dolphins killed each year but some say the law is in danger...

23rd Dec 2002

EU fisheries ministers reach deal on 2003 quotas

European Union fisheries ministers agreed last week on emergency measures aimed at saving from extinction several species of fish - mainly cod - in se...

23rd Dec 2002

Pollutant levels in Bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon estuary not thought to pose a threat to their health.

A recent study of organochlorine levels (pesticides, PCBs etc) in bottlenose dolphins from the Shannon estuary has shown that although concentrations ...

20th Dec 2002

Europe's trying fish talks

The annual European Union fisheries negotiations - whose outcome this year could have a devastating impact on fishing communities, particularly in Sco...

20th Dec 2002

Whales harmed by oil, gas exploration: ACF

The Australian Conservation Foundation says an endangered species of whale is being harmed by seismic oil and gas exploration in Australia's southern ...

20th Dec 2002

Whale meat sells badly in Japan as new book reveals extent of contamination

Japan's annual 'scientific' whaling operation in the North Pacific has yielded vast quantities of whale meat. 100 minke, 50 Bryde's, 39 sei and five s...

20th Dec 2002

BP awarded license for incidental killing of marine mammals in Alaska

On September 25, 2002, NMFS received a request from BPXA for a renewal of an LOA issued on September 28, 2000 (65 FR 58265) and reissued on December 1...

20th Dec 2002

Japanese whalers become the hunted

A marine mammal protection ship carrying 44 crew left Hobart, Tasmania today for Antarctica where her crew will attempt to track down a Japanese whali...

20th Dec 2002

Endangered whales win right of way

Endangered whales are to be given right of way in North Atlantic waters after collisions with ships became the primary cause of their death. Full Stor...

20th Dec 2002

Scientists uncover shark-toothed whale skeleton

Paleontologists from the South Australian Museum have unearthed more parts of a 20 million-year-old fossilised whale, in the cliffs of the Murray Rive...

20th Dec 2002

Gulf shrimper hauls in rare sperm whale skull

Shrimper Danny Withey's catch of the day dwarfed the thousands of tiny shellfish he's been hauling in most of his life. Withey and his crew pulled up ...

20th Dec 2002

Lawsuit seeks Endangered Species listing for Puget Sound orcas

A coalition of environmental groups sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday over its decision not to list the struggling Puget Sound k...

20th Dec 2002

Loggerhead Turtle Sex Ratio Raises Concerns

- Up to 85 percent of loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings found on beaches in the southern United States are female, a finding that researchers say has i...

20th Dec 2002

UK says may dump more nuclear waste in Irish Sea after '06

Britain said this week it might have to dump radioactive pollution stockpiled at its Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant into the Irish Sea after 20...

20th Dec 2002

Blue Whale Stranding, Maldives

A blue whale carcass washed up on the south side of Male' island on the evening of Monday 9 December. It was rotten and rather smelly, so was cut up a...

20th Dec 2002

"With fair winds and fair weather we hoped to make Lagos... "

At midday on Wednesday November 23rd the Anna M sailed quietly out of Baltimore, West Cork and with Cape Clear as a backdrop headed south for Lagos, P...

20th Dec 2002

Iceland's cod prove elusive

"We've made mistakes here", says Gudyon Kristjonsson, a member of Iceland's Parliament and former trawler skipper. Full Story...

12th Dec 2002

Canada: Pollution blamed for cancer ravaging belugas

Over a quarter of all the deaths of endangered adult beluga whales in Canada's Saint Lawrence Estuary are caused by cancer, local researchers have fou...

12th Dec 2002

Australia: Fin demand cuts shark numbers

The lucrative shark fin market is contributing to the demise of the dusky shark, prompting West Australian authorities to try to protect the species. ...

12th Dec 2002

US: Researchers hopeful for strong endangered whale breeding year

Coming off a year in which right-whale births were documented in record numbers off the Florida coast, researchers are hopeful for another strong bree...

12th Dec 2002

Maldives: Dead whale washed ashore on Male's south coast

The whale was rotting and its flesh and bones coming apart when it was washed ashore; some parts were entangled among the tripods of the seawall overl...

12th Dec 2002

Spain says sunken tanker could leak until 2006

The sunken tanker Prestige could go on leaking fuel oil until 2006, causing long-lasting damage to the devastated coastline of northwest Spain, expert...

12th Dec 2002

EU fishing subsidies destroying industry, WWF says

European Union subsidies totalling 1.4 billion euros (dollars) a year will doom the fishing industry unless halted soon, the conservation body WWF-Int...

12th Dec 2002

Crews working to find whale

Conservation officers and news crews in helicopters were searching for a whale tangled in fishing lines late yesterday off the coast of Western Austra...

11th Dec 2002

Dead Whale Day? Behind a Phantom Holiday in Alaska

A lot of "It Happens Today" calendars list December 10 as the day the Inuit people of Alaska celebrate the Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales. ...

11th Dec 2002

Killer whale jumps out of tank

A young killer whale put on quite a show at Marineland when it jumped out of its tank. Full Story...

11th Dec 2002

Atlantic Gillnets Restricted to Protect Sea Turtles

Gillnet fishing will be banned in federal waters off much of the Mid-Atlantic coast during most or all of the year to protect migrating sea turtles, t...

11th Dec 2002

Tuna Still Deadly to Dolphins, U.S. Agency Finds

Thousands of dolphins, particularly baby dolphins, are still dying in tuna nets in the eastern tropical Pacific, finds a report prepared by the Nation...

11th Dec 2002

Arctic Ice Melting at Record Rate

More ice melted from the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet this year than ever before recorded, report scientists from the University of Colorado. Th...

11th Dec 2002

US: Sea Lions Face Not One, But Many Threats

Killer whales, fishing gear, illegal shootings, harvesting by Alaska natives, or some combination of these - rather than a diminished food supply - ap...

11th Dec 2002

Iceland whalers, conservationists angry over ban end

From environmental activists to old whalers eager to resume their trade, Iceland's announcement that it will start whaling again has upset the whole c...

11th Dec 2002

Feature: A Day to Remember.

Thirty years of diving has provided me with many encounters with dolphins but nothing to compare with what I witnessed while walking the beach at Whit...

5th Dec 2002

Life 'began on the ocean floor'

A new and controversial theory on the origin of life on Earth is causing a stir among scientists. And one of the implications is that life could be mo...

5th Dec 2002

Americas: 3,000 Dolphins Killed by Fishing

About 3,000 dolphins are still being killed each year by tuna fishing fleets in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico and Central America, a government rep...

5th Dec 2002

Distressed whale still missing

Federal officials say they have been unable to locate the distressed humpback whale seen off south Maui earlier this week.Full Story...

5th Dec 2002

USA: Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries (AA), NOAA, announces temporary restrictions consistent with the requirements of the Atlantic Large Whale Ta...

4th Dec 2002

Monthly mammal watch on the Irish Sea

Story: www.liverpool.comStanding aboard the control room of the world's largest car ferry, the Ulysses, gazing out through huge, panoramic windows at ...

3rd Dec 2002

Australia: SA offers reward over dolphin deaths

A $10,000 reward is being offered to South Australians who have information which helps to convict any person accused of killing a dolphin.Full Story...

3rd Dec 2002

Rare NZ dolphin gets name change

Say goodbye to the North Island Hector's dolphin -- the critically endangered, pint sized marine mammals are now to be known as Maui's dolphin. Full S...

3rd Dec 2002

New Zealand: Beached sperm whale dies

A sperm whale that drifted ashore on Mahia Peninsula in northern Hawke's Bay died overnight, despite efforts to shepherd it back out to sea. Full Stor...

3rd Dec 2002

Oil washed up on Cornish beaches

Large amounts of oil have been washed up on beaches along the south coast of Cornwall prompting fears that it could have come from the sunken tanker, ...

3rd Dec 2002

N.S. whales placed on endangered list.

Story: www.canada.comThe friendly Northern Bottlenose whale has been upgraded to endangered because of the noisy world it lives in.Some 130 of the be...

3rd Dec 2002

Arctic Sea Ice May Vanish This Century

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3rd Dec 2002

Dead Dolphin Covered With Fuel Oil

Dead Dolphin Covered With Fuel Oil is Taken Away by Enviroment Workers on Nemina Beach, North Western Spain.Picture...

3rd Dec 2002

Sea cow suffers in the wild

A sea cow named Pig is receiving round-the-clock care after finding life in the wild too dangerous to handle. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/n...

28th Nov 2002

Trackers hope for whale sanctuary.

Scientists have wondered for years where humpback whales disappear to after they mate in the warm waters off Brazil's Atlantic coast in the spring, an...

28th Nov 2002

Sanctuary overwhelmed by sick seals

The UK's National Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall says it is being overwhelmed by sick baby seals. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2517071.s...

27th Nov 2002

Canada could scrap ban on culling some young seals

The Canadian government this week said it would consider scrapping a 15-year-old ban on hunting some young seals, an idea which would undoubtedly rais...

27th Nov 2002

Illegal fishing boats held dolphin meat

DOLPHIN meat has been found on two Indonesian vessels accused of illegal fishing in Australian waters....

26th Nov 2002

Mote's whale rescue work pays off

On Oct. 12, the staff and volunteers of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium's Dolphin and Whale Hospital were saddened by the death of Ami, an orphane...

26th Nov 2002

US Government may expand right whale protection

An environmental group hoping to strengthen protections for rare right whales has asked the federal government to expand the whale breeding and living...

22nd Nov 2002

Whale habitats may get bigger

Story: www.boston.comThe National Marine Fisheries Service is considering expanding the boundaries for major breeding grounds and habitat areas for r...

21st Nov 2002

Whales galore off West Cork Coast

On Sun 17th November Irish Whale & Dolphin Group observers watched with ease about 5-7 fin whales blowing within 4-5 miles of the Old Head of Kinsale...

20th Nov 2002

Hawaii: Maui Bans Whale, Dolphin Exhibits

The Maui County Council voted unanimously on Friday to ban the exhibit of captive whales and dolphins. Full Story: http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/200...

20th Nov 2002

3 baby orcas confirmed

Three new baby orcas have been confirmed this year in Puget Sound — and it's hard to say who's happier, the whales or the humans who keep tabs on the...

20th Nov 2002

Protected whales make big comeback off South Africa

Southern right whales are making a comeback, giving ecologists a rare piece of good marine news as fish stocks shrink and oil spills foul fragile coas...

20th Nov 2002

Dead whales showing up on bows of Pacific ships

Over a period of about eight weeks, three ships pulled into Northwest ports with a fin whale draped over the bulbous bow, a fuel-conserving device pro...

20th Nov 2002

Stricken oil tanker sinks

A stricken tanker which has been leaking oil off the north-west coast of Spain has sunk after breaking apart, taking thousands of tons of fuel with it...

19th Nov 2002

Student-designed satellite to track whale migrations

A satellite designed by a group of university students will be launched on a domestically produced H-2A rocket on Dec. 14. The satellite will track th...

19th Nov 2002

Killer whales in rare visit

In what could be the first documented sighting of orcas or 'killer whales' inside the Arabian Gulf, three Dubai-based boat captains on a fishing trip ...

19th Nov 2002

Pipeline acoustics threaten whales, expert claims

Noise from the proposed Georgia Strait Crossing Pipeline project could be the final straw for endangered southern resident killer whales, says a U.S. ...

19th Nov 2002

CITES Delegates Vote to Shield Endangered Species

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19th Nov 2002

UN body shields basking and whale sharks

A U.N. meeting on endangered species last week tightened controls on catching the world's two largest types of fish, basking and whale sharks. Full St...

19th Nov 2002

US Navy can test sonar in limited area - lawyer

The U.S. Navy may temporarily test a new underwater sonar system in a much smaller area than originally planned, which will minimize harm to marine ma...

19th Nov 2002

Whale-watching Weekends 2003 Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork.

The IWDG are organising three weekend whale-watching courses in summer/autumn 2003: July 18 - 20th. August 15 - 17th. September 19 - 21st. All 3 wi...

16th Nov 2002

CITES rejects Japan's call to lift whale trade ban

Participants at a global wildlife conservation conference on Thursday turned down Japan's revised proposals for an international ban on trade in minke...

15th Nov 2002

Australia: Fears for whales over energy hunt.

Exploration company Santos has been told it can carry on looking for oil and gas when blue whales arrive to feed in Australian waters next month.Full ...

15th Nov 2002

U.N. body OKs zero quota in Black Sea dolphin trade.

Delegates to a U.N. conference on endangered species voted on Thursday to effectively halt all trade in the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin, a creature s...

15th Nov 2002

Bahamas: Dolphin deaths mystery.

The death of 22 bottlenose dolphins which were stranded in Long Island between Deadman's Cay and Mangrove Bush, has left fishermen and employees of th...

14th Nov 2002

Australia: Inquiry call over attack on dolphin.

Story: www.theadvertiser.news.com.auAn attack on a resident Port River dolphin has prompted calls for a police investigation.Dolphin researcher Dr Mi...

14th Nov 2002

USA: Dolphin skin inspires research aimed at keeping hulls clear of marine freeloaders.

Story: www.newsday.comSurprising new lessons in dolphin anatomy and polymer chemistry may be teaching researchers a thing or two about how to keep sh...

14th Nov 2002

USA: Saving Puget Sound a tall order for Army Corps

The federal agency best known for taming Mother Nature has embarked on the most ambitious effort ever to rehabilitate the web of tideflats, marshes, b...

14th Nov 2002

USA: Seals learn songs to detect killers

Harbour seals in British Columbia have learnt to trust the local killer whales, new research reveals. The calls of unfamiliar killer whales sent the s...

14th Nov 2002

Groups seek protection for orcas

Fearing that industrial contaminants from across the sea have combined with other factors to drive a small, unique family of Prince William Sound kill...

14th Nov 2002

Setback for sharks

The UK Government is fighting to get international agreement to restrict the trade in basking shark products. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/s...

13th Nov 2002

Hawaii: Return of whales has isle agencies on lookout

As humpback whales begin their annual return to Hawaiian waters, agencies charged with protecting them are reminding boaters to respect the big mammal...

12th Nov 2002

EU backs calls for end to cod fishing

A panel of European Union scientific experts has backed calls for a virtual shutdown of key fishing grounds. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sc...

11th Nov 2002

New Zealand: Race days shy of dolphins

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11th Nov 2002

Royal Navy 'secretly' testing sonar blamed for mass deaths of whales

Low-frequency device was banned by US courts but is now being used by UK off Kyle of LochalshFull Story: http://www.sundayherald.com/29112...

11th Nov 2002

Australia: Rare whale found on central Qld beach

A rare whale has been discovered on a beach north of the Town of 1770 in central Queensland.Full Story...

11th Nov 2002

Nations Vote to Protect Minke, Bryde's Whales

Countries in favor of conserving minke whales and Bryde's whales won two votes at the meeting of Parties to the UN Convention on International Trade i...

11th Nov 2002

Australia denounces Japan whaling trip

Australia called on Japan to stop its "scientific whaling" as a five-vessel Japanese whaling fleet prepared to leave for a foray in waters south of Au...

11th Nov 2002

UN body rejects trade ban on Black Sea dolphins

A proposed ban on the trade of Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, which are sought after by the aquarium industry worldwide, was rejected at a U.N. meetin...

11th Nov 2002

Japan faces stiff challenge in whale hunt vote

Japan faces an uphill struggle last week to try to convince a U.N. conference in Chile to loosen a ban on international whale meat trade, 16 years aft...

11th Nov 2002

Save The Shark - UN body may shield finned friends

The world's biggest type of fish is a shark twice as long as a bus which cruises the ocean surface with its huge mouth open in search of prey. Full St...

11th Nov 2002

CITES to vote on trade ban on Black Sea dolphins

The future of the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin, coveted by the aquarium industry worldwide, may be decided this week at a U.N. meeting in Chile to reg...

11th Nov 2002

Japan whaling fleet sets off on Antarctic hunt

Japan's whaling fleet departed last week for an annual Antarctic whale hunt that aims to catch around 400 of the giant mammals, fisheries officials sa...

11th Nov 2002

Britain battles to save its biggest fish

Britain will plead for special protection for gentle giant Basking Sharks at next week's endangered animals summit, an evironment minister said. Full ...

11th Nov 2002

PDV Outbreak in Ireland - Update

Since Phocine Distemper Virus was first confirmed in a harbour seal on the Galway coast on October 8th 2002 the Irish Seal Sanctuary has been monitori...

6th Nov 2002

English coastline 'under stress'

The seas and coast around England are "damaged and declining", according to a major report published on Wednesday. English Nature, the UK Government's...

6th Nov 2002

Australia: Whale lifts, tosses boat

Story: news.com.auFive Tasmanians survived a terrifying encounter with a large whale, which lifted their boat out of the water and tossed it around....

6th Nov 2002

'Willy' to move further into wild

More than two months after arriving in Norway's Skaalvik fjord, Keiko the killer whale is ready to be moved to another bay with fewer people and more ...

6th Nov 2002

China: Sperm Whale Specimen on Display in Shanghai

The body of an 18.4-meter male sperm whale, the longest ever found in China, went on show at the Whale Aquarium of the Shanghai Marine Lives Universit...

5th Nov 2002

Australia: Whales die on Tassie beach.

Eight sperm whales died after being stranded on a beach in Tasmania's north coast....

5th Nov 2002

Hawaii: Thar she blows: Humpbacks back

The first humpback whales of the season were spotted off Maui over the weekend. Full Story: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2002/Nov/05/ln/l...

5th Nov 2002

US Navy furious after judge bans sonar that harms whales

Endangered whales and enemy submarines have been saved by a Californian judge, who has banned a new naval sonar device....

4th Nov 2002

USA: A rich, remote laboratory: Sanctuary nurtures sea creatures and scientists

They had bulled through more than 3,000 miles of wilderness, cataloguing scores of plants and animals new to science, and found this same ocean. They ...

4th Nov 2002

Record numbers of dolphins spotted in Firth of Forth

The number of sightings of dolphins in the Firth of Forth has increased by a record 50 per cent, according to new figures. Data collected by the Hebri...

4th Nov 2002

Tough questions on species survival

The meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Santiago, Chile, has the task of balancing the protection of rar...

4th Nov 2002

Mexico's attempt to regulate shark fishing fails to catch on

On the surface, the issue seemed so simple: regulating Mexico's shark catch, a source of food and income for thousands of Mexican families. But a surp...

4th Nov 2002

Taiwan: Whale shark industry faces obstacle from convention

Taiwan is expected to be pressured to accept listing the whale shark as an endangered species as delegates from 160 countries gather in Santiago, Chil...

4th Nov 2002

Malaysia: Study shows not plenty more fish in the sea

The world's growing population and overfishing will mean around one billion people in developing countries will face shortages of fish, their most imp...

4th Nov 2002

Japan to push for whale exports at UN talks

Japan will seek to ease a ban on international whale meat trade at a U.N. meeting in Chile from Sunday despite opposition from many nations, environme...

4th Nov 2002

U.S. Navy Sonar System Blocked by Federal Court

A federal judge today issued a preliminary injunction stopping the U.S. Navy from deployment of a new high intensity sonar system that could hurt or k...

1st Nov 2002

USA: Longline Fishing Banned Off Pacific Coast

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has adopted an unprecedented fishery management plan that prohibits the use of pelagic longline gear in ...

1st Nov 2002

Australia: Goodnight grey nurse

The NSW Government has announced sanctuaries to protect endangered grey nurse sharks. Conservationists say it is too little, too late. Full Story...

31st Oct 2002

USA: Interior Dept. to oppose commercial fishing of two whales

The Bush administration will oppose Japan's push to resume commercial whaling of two varieties, the minke whale and the Bryde's whale, the Interior De...

31st Oct 2002

Death Knell.

Story: society.guardian.co.ukLast month, 17 whales beached and died in the Canary Islands. Nobody knows for sure what killed them, but the government ...

30th Oct 2002

S. Africa: A whale of a ride

This is not a story about the one who got away - rather a story of a fisherman who nearly did not get away....

30th Oct 2002

Oceans in crisis – world governments must take action at CITES

The 160 governments who will meet in Santiago, Chile from 3-15 November for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna ...

30th Oct 2002

Oceans Need Broader Management Perspective

Ocean ecosystems are being strained by pollution, coastal development and harmful fishing practices, warns a new study from the Pew Oceans Commission....

30th Oct 2002

USA: PCBS found in orcas off California

A toxic chemical which may devastate the development of young whale calves has been found in high concentrations in the blubber of a Monterey Bay kill...

29th Oct 2002

European Parliament calls on CITES to maintain its ban on international trade in whale products

The European Parliament has adopted a ground-breaking resolution about international trade in endangered species that calls for the continued protecti...

29th Oct 2002

Australia: Death threats to Port dolphins

Story: www.theadvertiser.news.com.auDeath threats had been made against the Port River dolphins, Environment Minister John Hill said yesterday.They w...

29th Oct 2002

Whale Radar under Test

A life-saving “whale radar” is to be tested in a busy sea lane where up to 10 of the giant creatures are killed by ship collisions each year, it was...

29th Oct 2002

USA: Whale hunt fight hits appeals court

Animal rights activists brought their battle to stop the Makah tribe from conducting its traditional gray whale hunt to a federal appellate court yest...

29th Oct 2002

U.S. ordered to end sound blasts after whale deaths

A federal judge ordered the National Science Foundation on Monday to stop firing sound blasts into the Gulf of California because it harms whales.Full...

29th Oct 2002

Call for action over dolphin deaths

Campaigners are tracking marine mammals in an effort to find out how many are being killed by fishing nets. More than 120 dolphin and porpoise carcass...

29th Oct 2002

USA: California Creates Channel Islands Marine Reserves

A California commission has voted to create the largest system of marine reserves off the U.S. west coast. Effective January 1, 2003, the decision set...

29th Oct 2002

Australia: Whale fossil found in River Murray region

A 20-million-year-old fossil of a whale has been found in the River Murray region. Full Story...

24th Oct 2002

USA: Whale of a birth

A newborn killer whale has been identified in the San Juan Islands, boosting the population of the Puget Sound orcas by one this year. Full Story: htt...

24th Oct 2002

Mexico Battles to Save Marine Reserve

It's no surprise that catches are good for the shrimp-laden boats plying the upper Gulf of California; they're fishing in a nationally protected marin...

23rd Oct 2002

Japan: Dolphins successfully impregnated

Kamogawa Sea World has successfully impregnated two dolphins by artificial insemination, becoming the first center in Japan to do so, the park's marin...

23rd Oct 2002

Concern over beaked whale strandings off the Azores

The bodies of four little-known beaked whales, believed to be Sowerby's beaked whales (Mesoplodon bidens), were found washed up off Pico in the Azores...

23rd Oct 2002

Slaughter of dolphins may be at an end

The battle to save the Westcountry's hunted dolphins could see a much expected breakthrough as a European Parliament commissioner has promised to cons...

23rd Oct 2002

Scotland-bound whales killed in hundreds after hunting season is extended

HUNDREDS of whales on their way to the Scottish coast have been killed by Norwegian hunters, it was claimed yesterday. Full Story: http://news.scotsma...

21st Oct 2002

USA: Rescuers unable to save beached whale

Rescuers were unable to save a 23-foot humpback whale found stranded on a Cape Cod beach.Full Story: http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/...

21st Oct 2002

USA: Endangered right whale found dead

The body of a young endangered whale that rescuers managed to free last month after it became entangled in fishing gear washed ashore Saturday on Nant...

18th Oct 2002

USA: Our manatees are still endangered

Last week the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) finished its preliminary review of the manatee population's status and found th...

18th Oct 2002

Hawaii: Rare Turtle Nest Prompts Extraordinary Measures

A rare sea turtle nest on a busy beach in Hilo, Hawaii, is getting special treatment to protect its eggs. Full Story: http://ens-news.com/ens/oct2002/...

18th Oct 2002

Air Corps Photographs Fin Whales off SW Coast

The Irish Air Corps has photographed a pod of fin whales during a surveillance flight off the South-West Coast....

18th Oct 2002

Swedes say supporting Iceland whaling was a mistake.

Sweden said its representatives made an unfortunate mistake when they voted for Iceland's membership in the International Whaling Commission earlier t...

18th Oct 2002

Japan Wants Lower Protection for Two Whale Species

Japan will push for reduced protection of two whale species at an international meeting next month, fisheries officials said on Friday -- a move that ...

18th Oct 2002

Canada: Transient orcas kill lone minke whale

Story: www.canada.comTransient orcas kill lone minke whaleSaltspring Island residents witness attack by killer whalesFour members of a transient kille...

17th Oct 2002

USA: Research Caused Whale Deaths?

) Conservationists fear that sound blasts being fired into the Gulf of California to help map the ocean floor may have caused two whales to beach them...

17th Oct 2002

Iceland says to resume whaling in few years

Iceland said this week it planned to resume whaling, a day after the International Whaling Commission decided to readmit the country as a full member....

17th Oct 2002

PDV Outbreak Update

Between 9 October and 15 October there have been 288 dead seals reported bringing the total to 2653 since the beginning of the outbreak. A total of 2...

17th Oct 2002

Dirty driftnet fishing continues in European waters

With a UN moratorium in place for the last ten years and a European Union (EU) ban introduced this year, we might have thought that driftnet fishing i...

16th Oct 2002

'Free Willy' star finds home for winter in Norway

Keiko the killer whale, star of the "Free Willy" movies, got a new winter home in an ice-free Norwegian fjord Tuesday after a battle between local com...

16th Oct 2002

Canada Creates 10 New Parks, Five Marine Reserves

The government of Canada has announced its intention to create 10 new parks and five new national marine conservation areas over the next five years. ...

16th Oct 2002

Pro-Whaling Iceland Joins International Whaling Commission

Handing a victory to whalers, at a special meeting of the International Whaling Commission here today, national delegates voted by a margin of one to ...

15th Oct 2002

Norwegian whalers' determined position

This has been a defining year for Ole Myklebust and his family fishing firm off the west coast of Norway. In July, he sent a small shipment of minke w...

14th Oct 2002

Japan: Aichi residents seek suspension of killer whale purchase

Aichi Prefecture residents will file a lawsuit with the Nagoya District Court as early as Tuesday seeking the suspension of the planned purchase of tw...

14th Oct 2002

MoD's sound advice to help prevent whales dying

Stealth technology used in warships has helped to produce a new ultra-low noise survey vessel which is working on ways to prevent whales beaching them...

14th Oct 2002

Inuit demand whale catch

A whaling dispute which is setting remote Arctic communities against the Japanese Government could soon be resolved. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk...

14th Oct 2002

USA: Lone surviving pilot whale dies in Panhandle

The lone survivor among nine short-finned pilot whales found stranded on a Florida Panhandle beach last year has died, officials said.Full Story: http...

14th Oct 2002

Global warming may have caused giant squid deaths

Global warming could be behind the mysterious deaths of giant squid off the north coast of Spain, a marine biologist said. Full Story: http://www.plan...

14th Oct 2002

Inuit Stick to Blubber Despite Arctic Pollution

The Inuit, an indigenous people of the Arctic, will stick to a traditional diet including whale blubber despite mounting pollution from industrial tox...

11th Oct 2002

European Commission Launches Cleaner Seas Strategy

The European Commission has unveiled the outline of a wide ranging European Union marine environment protection strategy in a communication addressed ...

11th Oct 2002

Investigation points to NATO exercise in mass whale beaching.

Preliminary scientific tests on dead whales point to undersea noise from naval maneuvers by Spain and other NATO countries as the likely cause of the ...

10th Oct 2002

USA: Defending a watery refuge

Stellwagen Bank, the submerged plateau that swarms with sea life about 30 miles east of Boston, is a national marine sanctuary in name only. Stronger ...

10th Oct 2002

Census to protect whales and dolphins

A special research project is beginning off the west Wales coast to help gain greater conservation protection for whales, dolphins and porpoises in Ca...

10th Oct 2002

Still no home for Keiko

Authorities and experts have been pondering for weeks, but still no final decision has been taken about where celebrity killer whale Keiko will be spe...

10th Oct 2002

Australia maps out world's largest marine reserve

Australia plans to create the world's largest fully protected marine reserve, announcing on Wednesday it had mapped out a giant park free of fishing a...

10th Oct 2002

Seal Virus Reaches Ireland

Phocine Distemper Virus (PDV) has been found in a harbour seal on the Aran Islands. The disease was confirmed in a sample sent by UCG to the Dept. of ...

9th Oct 2002

Conservationists slam EU fishing policy in Africa

Conservation group WWF International slammed the European Union yesterday for buying fishing rights from poor African countries like Angola, saying it...

9th Oct 2002

Australia: The end of free Willy

The NSW charter boat industry has reacted angrily to a proposal by the State Government to slap a tax on whale watchers as part of a licensing and env...

8th Oct 2002

Species at risk of extinction growing

The number of species close to extinction has been increased by 124 in the 2002 update the "Red List", the International Union for Conservation of Nat...

8th Oct 2002

Japan: All in vain as Japanese turn out to rescue whale

For once, it had seemed, here was a whale story from Japan that would have a happy ending.FulL Story: http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/news...

7th Oct 2002

Norway sets 2003 whaling quota of 711

Norway's whalers will be permitted to harpoon 711 whales next year, up from 2002 when catches were the highest since Oslo broke with a global ban a de...

7th Oct 2002

IWDG Humpback Whale Expedition 2002

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is mounting an expedition to answer a mystery which has intrigued researchers for many years... where do our Humpbac...

4th Oct 2002

Norway kills 634 whales.

Norway's whalers killed 634 whales out of a quota of 671 in 2002, the biggest catch since the nation resumed commercial whaling in 1993 under a legal ...

4th Oct 2002

Australia: Sunburnt whale rescued

Story: www.themercury.news.com.auA severe case of sunburn added to the woes of a pygmy right whale stranded in Mortimer Bay near South Arm yesterday....

4th Oct 2002

U.S. opposes Japan's call to lift ban on whale trade

The United States will oppose Japan's call for lifting bans on the international trade of minke and Bryde's whales at a global wildlife conservation m...

4th Oct 2002

Visiting whales surprise researchers

Story: www.canada.comWhale researchers at Nanaimo's Pacific Biological Station were given a unique opportunity to study and catalogue a pod of about 5...

4th Oct 2002

UN maps most polluted coasts

The coasts of southern Asia face a greater threat than anywhere else in the world from the discharge of untreated sewage, the United Nations says. Ful...

3rd Oct 2002

US Navy helps Spain probe whale stranding

The U.S. Navy said yesterday it was cooperating with a Spanish-led investigation into the beaching of more than a dozen whales off the Canary Islands ...

3rd Oct 2002

Deadly seal virus in Scotland

A deadly seal virus that has killed more than 1,000 animals on the east coast of England has spread to Scotland. Full Story...

2nd Oct 2002

Fundy whale calls can be locators

The sound rises up from the ocean floor like a deep, throaty groan as some of the planet's most endangered animals lumber through the Bay of Fundy....

1st Oct 2002

Throwing whales to the sharks

The net was originally a 186-metre length of tough, braided cord mesh anchored to the sea floor just offshore from Palm Beach on the Gold Coast. Then ...

30th Sep 2002

Activists hope to help lonely orca. Officials want healthy whale to rejoin family on his own

An orphaned Canadian killer whale made headlines last summer when she was plucked from busy Puget Sound and reunited with her family up north....

30th Sep 2002

Report on the Mass Stranding of Beaked Whales in the Canary Islands on 24th September 2002

You can imagine all the logistic and personnel difficulties during these moments, mostly due to the long coast and the multitude of inaccessible creek...

30th Sep 2002

Chemicals spark Arctic alert

Chemicals used to make household products fire-resistant are being discovered in several Arctic species. Full Story...

26th Sep 2002

USA: Official says whaling quota renewal likely

A U.S. official says the International Whaling Commission appears likely to approve a bowhead whale quota forAlaska Eskimo subsistence whalers....

26th Sep 2002

Flak Flies Over European Fish Conservation

A major political battle over the future of European Union fisheries policies got underway in Brussels Tuesday with a first ministerial debate on radi...

26th Sep 2002

Japan: Porpoise Labeled as Whale Sold in Japan

Packages labeled "whalemeat" for sale in a Japanese supermarket in May in fact contained porpoise meat, analysis forced by a British environmental gro...

26th Sep 2002

Australia:Bite put on shark hunting

The Great White Shark will be better protected under an international convention discussed in Germany overnight....

25th Sep 2002

Great whales a little safer

Six types of great whale have been given better protection under an international agreement on migratory species. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/...

25th Sep 2002

Mass Stranding of Beaked Whales Occurs During NATO Exercises in Canary Islands

Yesterday 24th of September, at least 12 beaked whales of 3 species (Ziphius cavirostris, Mesoplodon densirostris and Mesoplodon europaeus) stranded i...

25th Sep 2002

South Pacific: Whale protection advances in South Pacific

The government of Papua New Guinea says it is moving rapidly with legislation to make the nation, north of Australia, a whale sanctuary. Full Story: h...

24th Sep 2002

USA: Whale rescued after beaching in New Smyrna Beach

A change in routine netted Cathy Berse an early morning surprise Monday -- a face-to-face encounter with an adult male pygmy sperm whale. Full Story: ...

24th Sep 2002

Pupping season begins for island seals

Seal pups born in waters in Pembrokeshire are said to be "doing well" despite the threat of a killer virus which has claimed the lives of thousands....

23rd Sep 2002

Japan: Japan wraps up year's whale hunt

Japanese whaling ships began returning from the northwest Pacific Ocean on Sunday, after their first hunt for endangered sei whales in a quarter centu...

23rd Sep 2002

USA: Miami aquarium petitions to confine Keiko

A marine amusement park in Florida wants the world's most famous free whale back in captivity. Full Story: http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/artic...

23rd Sep 2002

USA: Rare whale calf sparks hope

For the first time in more than a century, a northern right whale calf has been sighted in the eastern North Pacific Ocean, which scientists say offer...

20th Sep 2002

Willy may never be free says whale group

Keiko the killer whale, star of the "Free Willy" movies, might never re-adapt to life in the wild after his release from two decades in captivity, the...

20th Sep 2002

Deadly seal virus spreads

There are fears the deadly seal virus that has killed about 1,000 animals around the Wash has spread south to Essex. Full Story...

19th Sep 2002

Puffins win island rat war

Puffins have bred on Ailsa Craig off the Ayrshire coast for the first time in 50 years. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2265149.stm...

18th Sep 2002

Seal Virus Outbreak: Update

The outbreak of Phocine Distemper Virus has now claimed up to 12,000 animals across NW Europe. In the UK 1,005 animals have been found dead, most case...

18th Sep 2002

USA: Beached whale dies despite rescuers' attempts to save it

An 8-foot dwarf sperm whale, which beached earlier this week on Matagorda Island, has died despite rescuers' attempts to save it by feeding it fluids ...

16th Sep 2002

Free Willy star 'to stay in Norway'

Keiko the whale, star of the Free Willy films, is likely to be looked after in Norway over the winter after an unsuccessful attempt to release him int...

13th Sep 2002

Australia pursues Norway's whaling

Australian authorities want total preservation of the minke whale and will push to extend the Bonn convention for the protection of migratory animals ...

13th Sep 2002

USA: Beached Whale Can't Be Saved

A baby whale, emaciated and barely alive, washed up on a stretch of sand at Gilgo State Park yesterday before rescuers arrived to euthanize the starvi...

13th Sep 2002

USA: Tribal hunting measure on hold

Efforts to give Alaska Native tribes the authority to set management rules for seal, walrus and whale hunting appear to have stalled for another year ...

13th Sep 2002

USA: Dead Whale May Have Been Killed By Orcas

Story: www.koin.comScientists suspect a pod of orca whales attacked a fin whale that was found dead near a cargo ship in Portland early last week. The...

13th Sep 2002

USA: Hawaii governor approves revised whale sanctuary plan

Gov. Ben Cayetano has approved a federal plan to expand the protection of humpback whales to include endangered monk seals and sea turtles in Hawaiian...

13th Sep 2002

West Greenland Beluga Whales at Risk of Extinction

Beluga whales in West Greenland waters are too few in number to continue with present harvesting levels, according to a newly published assessment by ...

13th Sep 2002

IWDG Publishes 10 year Sightings Review

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has published a report reviewing the sightings data collected by the group from 1991 to 2001. The report contains m...

12th Sep 2002

Scientists say "no" to whale captures!

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12th Sep 2002

USA: Dead whale taken to Oregon park

A 38-foot female fin whale that washed up dead in Portland last week was hauled to Fort Stevens State Park on Monday, where scientists will study the ...

12th Sep 2002

Virus epidemic kills 700 seals

The deadly seal virus which has killed 700 animals so far is stretching Norfolk's wildlife hospital to the limit. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/...

11th Sep 2002

Basking sharks don't hibernate.

Scientists studying the movements of fish around the northeast Atlantic said yesterday they had made an amazing discovery, shattering for ever the 50-...

11th Sep 2002

Scientists boost sharks image

Shark experts from round the world have converged on Cardiff for a special conference to develop ideas for eco-tourismFull Story: http://news.bbc.co.u...

10th Sep 2002

Family reunion for Keiko the whale?

The experts would like Keiko to meet other killer whales, and are therefore considering moving the former movie star to another fjord on the north wes...

10th Sep 2002

Celebrity whale placed on antibiotics

Keiko, the killer whale whose title role in the film "Free Willy" inspired campaigners to battle successfully for his release, is to receive antibioti...

10th Sep 2002

Antarctica: Antarctic animals feel the heat

Thousands of species living on the Antarctic seabed will become extinct if computer models predicting warmer waters in the region in the coming centur...

9th Sep 2002

Scotland prepares for the arrival of the seal plague

In recent days, folowing the confirmation of Phocine Distemper in the seal colonies on the Norfolk Coast, the Scottish Executive has annouced two acti...

9th Sep 2002

India: River dolphins fight for survival

Conservationists working to save India's endangered blind river dolphins say there are encouraging signs that the population is starting to stabilise ...

9th Sep 2002

Australia: Australia's war to save whales

Australia is opening a new front in the war over whales, seeking protection of seven species, including the heavily hunted minke, under a global migra...

9th Sep 2002

Keiko the whale still needs to be fed

Whale experts in Norway have started feeding Keiko the killer whale seven weeks after he was set free in Iceland.Full Story: http://www.ananova.com/ne...

9th Sep 2002

South Pacific: South Pacific creates whale-protection havens

Combating Japan's effort to resume commercial whaling in the South Seas, island nations and territories across the South Pacific have begun creating a...

9th Sep 2002

USA: No Endangered Listing for White Marlin

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced Wednesday that the Atlantic white marlin, a billfish that lives in the tropical and temperate w...

9th Sep 2002

USA: Sea Turtle Bill Would Protect International Habitat

Story: http://ens-news.com/Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont introduced a bill this week aimed at helping preserve the nesting habitats of marine turtle...

9th Sep 2002

Public warned over swimming with dolphin

Story: www.ananova.comWildlife experts have warned the public to stay away from a boisterous dolphin because they fear someone could be injured.George...

5th Sep 2002

Australia: Giant squid keep washing up in Australia

They keep getting washed up on Australian beaches: giant squid up to 12 metres long that seem to have died of old age....

5th Sep 2002

New Zealand: Whale watcher tracks rare visitor to Whangarei Harbour

Northland's international orca expert Ingrid Visser found herself following another species of whale up the Whangarei Harbour yesterday....

5th Sep 2002

China: HK Policemen sad for death of baby whale

HONG KONG, Sept. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- "Although the baby whale failed to survive long after our rescue, it will always live in our memory!" the two Hong K...

5th Sep 2002

Experts blast 'Keiko safaris'

The first organized "safaris" to visit Keiko, the affection-starved killer whale, start Friday but marine officials are none too pleased. They want pe...

5th Sep 2002

USA: Native whalers get travel grant

A federal grant will allow three members of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission to travel to England to discuss subsistence quotas for bowhead whales...

5th Sep 2002

USA: Man dies after whale jumps into fishing boat

A whale suddenly breached and crashed into the bow of a fishing boat, killing a restaurant owner on board. Full Story: http://www.news-journalonline.c...

5th Sep 2002

Death threats for whale researcher

Marine researcher Nils Oeien's suggestion that Keiko the killer whale - star of the film "Free Willy" - should be destroyed rather than be left in the...

5th Sep 2002

Antarctic: Penguins, petrels and climate change

The decline of some Antarctic seabirds may be linked to the warming of the earth's climate, though fishing and hunting of seals and whales could also ...

3rd Sep 2002

Australia: Mammoth maiden voyagers

Two southern right whales lazed in viewing distance off Tasmania's East Coast yesterday, taking a break on the long journey south to their summer feed...

3rd Sep 2002

Australia: The nets that punish Leviathan

The harpoon brought them close to extinction. Now whales run a new, murderous gauntlet strung along the Australian coast, writes Andrew Darby. Full St...

3rd Sep 2002

Canada: Right whales in wrong spot

Story: www.canada.comA pair of endangered whales have been spotted near the mouth of Halifax Harbour, but officials say it's a locale that won't do mu...

3rd Sep 2002

Australia: Whale rescue 'was too risky'

Story: www.theaustralian.news.com.auThe risky release of a humpback whale tangled in a shark net off the northern NSW coast last week would lead to mo...

3rd Sep 2002

Dead whale found in the Columbia

A dead whale was found floating in the Columbia River Monday. Full Story...

3rd Sep 2002

Norway: Keiko the killer whale frolicking amid Norway's fjords

Keiko, the killer whale who became famous as the star of "Free Willy" movies, has turned up in a Norwegian fjord, six weeks after he was returned to t...

3rd Sep 2002

Australia: Whale freed as friends watch

A Humpback whale thought to have drowned after being caught in shark nets on the Gold Coast found some new friends as it was finally untangled by resc...

30th Aug 2002

USA: Bush Reviews Key Environmental Law

The Bush administration is reviewing a landmark environmental law both reviled and praised because it requires lengthy studies before foresters cut a ...

30th Aug 2002

USA: Campaign for aboriginal whaling quota

The United States has launched an intense diplomatic lobbying campaign for the renewal of an aboriginal whaling quota ahead of a special meeting of th...

30th Aug 2002

Australia: Back from the dead

A whale believed to have drowned in shark netting off the Gold Coast has seemingly risen from the dead. Full Story...

29th Aug 2002

New Zealand: Tourism affecting whales, dolphins.

Concern is mounting about the impact tourism is having on whales and dolphins around New Zealand's coastline. An international eco-tourism conference ...

29th Aug 2002

Australia: Dead whale off beach

The body of a dead young humpback whale has surfaced off a Gold Coast beach. However, authorities are uncertain whether it is the same whale that was ...

29th Aug 2002

USA: Federal official asked to look at Keiko's welfare

William Hogarth, the top official at the National Marine Fisheries Service, will review the question of what the best thing for Keiko is, now that the...

29th Aug 2002

Restoration of Fisheries by 2015 Agreed

Restoration of the world's depleted fisheries not later than 2015 was agreed by negotiators at the World Summit on Sustainable Development Tuesday. Co...

29th Aug 2002

Japan: Ito fishermen propose "humane" slaughter of dolphins

To counter criticism of animal rights advocates, fishermen in Ito, a traditional dolphin-hunting town in eastern Izu, have proposed what they portray ...

28th Aug 2002

Report on whale-watch Ireland 2002, Sun. 18th August

Bray Head, Co. Wicklow (Nick Channon)What a complete contrast to Howth last year. A select group of about 60 people joined us during the 3 hr watch, s...

28th Aug 2002

Dead sperm whale found on beach

A sperm whale has been found stranded on an island in the Outer Hebrides. An animal welfare inspector discovered the 40-ton mammal dead on the Isle of...

27th Aug 2002

USA: After being kept alive for hours, beached whale dies

Freeport Fire and Rescue and Marine Animal Lifeline officials spent hours Saturday trying to help a 14-foot female pilot whale that beached itself at ...

27th Aug 2002

Canada: Curious gather to do dead whale watching

A wandering whale carcass that's been drifting into various Halifax area communities in recent days made another appearance yesterday, drawing crowds ...

27th Aug 2002

South Africa: Depleted fisheries sound alarm for Earth Summit

A global agreement to salvage the world's depleted fisheries could be one of the main achievements of the Earth Summit, but environmentalists fear it ...

27th Aug 2002

Feature: West Cork humpback whale encounter

On foot of Tim Feen's sighting of a fin whale blowing inshore from his Ardfield farm in West Cork on Sat. 24th August, Padraig Whooley & Simon Berrow...

27th Aug 2002

IWDG call on Shell to cancel plans for test blasts in Broadhaven Bay.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has called on Shell Ireland to call off plans to conduct test blasting in Broadhaven Bay....

26th Aug 2002

Australia: Trapped whale thought dead

Scientists at Seaworld believe a whale trapped in shark nets off the Gold Coast has died.Full Story...

26th Aug 2002

Australia: Showing whalers the flag of inconvenience

He flies a pirate flag but regards himself as an international maritime cop. Captain Paul Watson's opponents call him a saboteur, a terrorist - and Wa...

26th Aug 2002

Seal hospital braces for deaths as virus takes hold

Story: www.guardian.co.ukConservationists are bracing themselves for the deaths of thousands of seals after their worst fears were confirmed in the fo...

15th Aug 2002

Australia: Whales perform along city's shoreline

Story: www.theadvertiser.news.com.auArmed with binoculars and patience, hundreds of people watched the antics of two playful whales off the metropolit...

15th Aug 2002

Australia: Man's environmental mistakes may fuel squid boom

Overfishing and global warming could prove a boon to one still largely mysterious creature that may already outnumber man - the squid. Full Story...

15th Aug 2002

USA: Lawsuit Seeks Protections for Marine Mammals

A coalition of conservation groups has filed suit in federal court against the National Marine Fisheries Service, charging the agency with failing to ...

15th Aug 2002

Seal virus spreads to UK shores

A fatal virus that has killed seals throughout northern Europe has returned to UK waters, wildlife experts say. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi...

14th Aug 2002

Satellites see big changes since 1980s in key element of ocean's food chain

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14th Aug 2002

USA: Whale watchers free a trapped whale

Crew members aboard the whale-watching vessel Nautilus did more than watch Sunday when they discovered that a mother whale was entangled in fishing ge...

12th Aug 2002

Japan: Unidentified beaked whale stranding in Kagoshima Japan.

An unidentified beaked whale of 6.5m was found in Sendai-shi, Kagoshima-ken on the 26th of July. The carcass was buried right away after quick examin...

12th Aug 2002

IWDG August 2002 Cape Clear Whale Watching weekend results

Despite the continuing unsettled weather, the 2nd Cape whale watching weekend in August proved every bit the success of the earlier July course, which...

12th Aug 2002

USA: Ocean tracts pulled from environment law Bush ruling risks damage to sea, critics charge

In a move environmentalists called an abrupt reversal of federal policy, the Bush administration said Friday that a major environmental law does not a...

10th Aug 2002

Australia: Whales bring feel-good factor

"A few weeks ago I paid a sizeable amount of money to go on a whale-watching trip off the coast of Sydney."Full Story...

10th Aug 2002

USA: Cargo Ship Collides With 40-Foot Whale

There was a very unsettling sight on the Seattle waterfront Friday, where a container ship collided with a 40-foot Gray whale, and sailed into the Por...

9th Aug 2002

USA: Judge Rules Tribe Can Hunt Whales

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a challenge by animal welfare groups to the Makah Indian whale hunts, clearing the way for the gray whale hunts ...

8th Aug 2002

USA: Feds - Whale Rescuers Violated Law

The crew of a whale-watching vessel violated the law and endangered the life of a mother whale by partially freeing her from fishing gear, a federal f...

8th Aug 2002

Japan takes on hard line on whale hunt

Story: www.boston.comJapan's top whaling official indicated yesterday that Tokyo would block US attempts to reinstate a five-year whale-hunting season...

8th Aug 2002

USA: Environmental groups sue over US Navy sonar plans

A coalition of groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council said it would file suit on Wednesday to block the U.S. Navy from using a powerful n...

8th Aug 2002

"Free Willy" star Keiko heeds call of the wild

Keiko the whale, star of the hit film "Free Willy," is adjusting to life in the wild after years in captivity and now lives with a school of killer wh...

8th Aug 2002

EU moves to stop dumping of shark carcasses

The European Commission said on Monday it would introduce licences for shark fishing to prevent fishermen cutting off sharks' fins and dumping the car...

6th Aug 2002

Half Europe's seals to die due to virus-scientist

Some 20,000 seals, around half the seal population of Western Europe, are expected to die from a virus raging in the seas between southern Sweden and ...

5th Aug 2002

Why sonar may harm whales and dolphins

Environmental campaigners in America are concerned about a new danger to the world's whale population. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programm...

4th Aug 2002

S. Africa: Rare beaked whale found on South African beach

An extremely rare Longman's beaked whale, only the third complete specimen known to science, has washed up on a South African beach, a senior scientis...

4th Aug 2002

Deadly seal plague hits Germany

A deadly virus which has already killed thousands of seals in northern Europe has reached Germany, officials have confirmed. Full Story...

31st Jul 2002

Irish Air Corps pics of Fin whales offshore

The Irish Air Corps located and photographed a pod of four fin whales off the south west coast on July 26th, while on routine patrol....

31st Jul 2002

Japan: More talks needed for Norway whale meat export to Japan

Norway said Tuesday that more scientific discussions with Japan were needed on the measurement of contaminants in whale products before both countries...

31st Jul 2002

Australia: Whales put on another show

Story:www.theaustralian.news.com.auThe three southern right whales which have delighted crowds in Sydney Harbour are putting on a show again today. A ...

31st Jul 2002

USA: Twenty Cape Cod Whales Dead, More Deaths Likely

About 20 pilot whales died and some 25 more were expected to perish on Tuesday after they beached themselves off Cape Cod for the second day in a row....

31st Jul 2002

Australia: Humpback whale put down

A newborn humpback whale has been put down, and the carcasses of 52 false killer whales left to rot, because of the tricky locations where the mammals...

30th Jul 2002

Australia: Having a whale of a time

Three southern right whales put on a dazzling display in Sydney Harbour this morning.Full Story...

30th Jul 2002

Japan: Japan and Norway to discuss trade on whale meat

Japanese and Norwegian government officials will meet in Oslo on Tuesday to discuss the practicalities of exporting whale meat from Norway to Japan.Fu...

30th Jul 2002

Japan: Whale meat to be offered at lower price

The Institute of Cetacean Research said Monday it will cut the sale prices on some 1,900 tons of meat from minke whales caught for "research" purposes...

30th Jul 2002

USA: Nine Whales Die on Mass. Beach

More than 50 pilot whales beached themselves on a stretch of Cape Cod sand Monday and nine of them died before vacationers and other volunteers could ...

30th Jul 2002

Feature: Humpback whales off Co. Waterford

The humpback whale is one of the best known and enigmatic of all the whales. Famous for their mournful “songs and ebullient behaviour, which sees the...

30th Jul 2002

Cetacean sightings review for UK Whale and Dolphin Watch Weekend 27/28th July

A little over 200 sites were manned around the British Isles including Northern Ireland, from Hermaness in Shetland down to Jersey in the Channel Isla...

30th Jul 2002

Virus fear for British seals

The discovery of two dead seals on a Lincolnshire beach has sparked fears of a fresh outbreak of a fatal virus in UK waters. Full Story: http://news.b...

29th Jul 2002

New Zealand: Whales to Be Left In Peace at the Auckland Islands

The Department of Conservation will not issue commercial viewing permits for southern right whales around the Auckland Islands for at least ten years....

29th Jul 2002

Australia: She was a sucker for lovebites

Mysteries of one of the Australian deep ocean's larger denizens are being unravelled as scientists study the giant squid washed up on a beach near Hob...

29th Jul 2002

Australia: Stranded whales put down by vet

Story:www.themercury.news.com.auAn overnight vigil with eight stranded false killer whales on the West Australian south coast has ended in tragedy for...

29th Jul 2002

Cork Risso's Dolphin found Dead

A stranded juvenile male Risso's dolphin was found dead at Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour on Saturday. It is thought to be the same animal who made news he...

29th Jul 2002

Japan: Whale meat used in research to be sold in Japan

The Institute of Cetacean Research Whale said Friday it will sell in Japan's wholesale markets from July 31 to Aug. 31 the meat of minke whales caught...

26th Jul 2002

Canada: Orphaned Springer may have new mom

Story:www.canada.comSpringer, the orphaned baby killer whale, may have found a new mom.The two-year-old orca appears to have struck up a relationship ...

26th Jul 2002

Australia: Record sea temperatures threaten Great Barrier Reef

Sea temperatures at Australia's Great Barrier Reef last summer were the warmest on record and this year's El Nino event means the risk of mass coral b...

26th Jul 2002

Canada: Springer in close contact with wild orcas

New images of Springer the killer whale show the orphaned orca alive and well -- and sharing waters with several other wild whales....

25th Jul 2002

USA: Scientists try to rescue entangled whale

Scientists from the New England Aquarium and the state of Georgia are attempting to find and rescue a 45-foot right whale that was entangled in lobste...

25th Jul 2002

New Project Will Tackle Whale Entanglement

Almost 60,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are killed each year worldwide by entanglement with fishing nets, a coalition of the world's leading ceta...

25th Jul 2002

IWDG Launches New Website

Our new website is designed to be more interactive. We now have a fully searchable sightings and strandings database which allows you to search for si...

25th Jul 2002

USA: New Effort Is Begun to Save Dolphins and Whales

It was over a decade ago that Pacific tuna fisheries, pressured by public outcry in the United States, rushed to label their cans "dolphin safe," a gu...

24th Jul 2002

Whale meat on sale at Icelandic supermarket chain

Whale meat went on sale at Icelandic supermarkets Monday for the first time in nearly 14 years, as the government said it was just a matter of time be...

24th Jul 2002

Australia: 'Dolphins saved me from sharks'

An Australian fisherman, rescued after 40 hours clinging to an upturned dinghy, says he owes his life to dolphins that chased off a pack of circling s...

23rd Jul 2002

Australia: 'New species' of giant squid found

A giant squid that washed up on an Australian beach over the weekend could be a member of a new species, according to Australian scientists. Full Stor...

23rd Jul 2002

India: Govt ban on fishing sharks devoid of bite

: BEING on top of the food chain, sharks don't really have any natural enemies in the sea — except man, who has been hunting these predator fish rele...

23rd Jul 2002

Canada: Springer's found a friend

Story: www.canada.comSpringer, the orphaned killer whale attempting to reunite with her family, appears to have found a friend. Lance Barrett-Lennard,...

23rd Jul 2002

Canada: Whale protection unlikely to increase

Story: www.canada.comThe federal Fisheries Department is unlikely to increase protection of marine mammals near Prince Rupert after a possible inciden...

23rd Jul 2002

South Africa: An early whale season

Abraham Brink Dwarskersbos - The first southern right whales of the season made their appearance in St Helena Bay on Friday morning. These whales, whi...

23rd Jul 2002

Canada: Orphan orca rescue bill: $800,000

Total costs for the international rescue effort to bring Springer the orphan orca home to Johnstone Strait from Puget Sound will likely reach $800,000...

23rd Jul 2002

Defiant Norway exports whale meat

Norway has defied a global ban and exported whale meat this week for the first time in 14 years, Norwegian whalers said on Friday. Oslo said world opi...

23rd Jul 2002

USA: Tangled whale spotted off coast

An endangered right whale, last seen off the N.C. coast, apparently passed by the Grand Strand's coast during the weekend. Full Story: http://www.myrt...

23rd Jul 2002

Enterprise postpones laying of Offshore Pipeline element of the Corrib Gas Project

The Corrib Gas Field, which is the second significant gas discovery off the coast of Ireland, will be a vital source of indigenous gas supply. While t...

23rd Jul 2002

Saving what lies beneath

The first fishing ban to protect sea life around Britain is expected to be put in place around Lundy Island off the north Devon coast. Full Story: htt...

19th Jul 2002

USA: Springer keeps cuddling up to boaters

Springer the orphaned orca is nuzzling up to vessels in Johnstone Strait and worrying boaters who do not want to injure the youngster.Full Story: http...

19th Jul 2002

USA: Dead Blue Whale Found Off SF Coast

The Oceanic Society reports that a dead 80-foot blue whale was spotted in the waters off the San Francisco coastline Wednesday afternoon. Full Story: ...

19th Jul 2002

Australia: Record numbers of humpback whales off Australia

A RECORD 800 humpback whales have been sighted off Byron Bay over the past month, offering researchers the best sign yet of the steady recovery of the...

19th Jul 2002

USA: Environmental group threatens action over sonar.

An environmental group said this week it might go to court to block the U.S. Navy from using a powerful new sonar which scientists say could injure wh...

18th Jul 2002

USA: Sea lanes moved to make way for right whales

Endangered North Atlantic right whales will be able to congregate off the shores of Nova Scotia in a zone deemed off limits to massive tankers that pl...

18th Jul 2002

'Detector' device to protect dolphins

New technology which could help save dolphins from dying in fishing nets has been developed in Cornwall. Full Story...

18th Jul 2002

MoD site becomes nature reserve

An RAF bombing range on the coast of Lincolnshire is to be declared the first national nature reserve on land owned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). ...

18th Jul 2002

Net closes in on UK dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins could be extinct in UK waters within 10 years unless immediate action is taken to regulate destructive fishing practices, The Wild...

18th Jul 2002

Japan: 'Factory' fishing threatens marine stocks

Ever evening at sunset, Maruyama Keizo, 64, and his brother Motoichi, 54, of Minabe, Wakayama Prefecture, take their boat out and return the next morn...

18th Jul 2002

USA: Aquarium stuck with whale rescue costs

The Vancouver Aquarium hopes donors will come up with roughly $70,000 to cover the costs of helping Springer, an orphaned killer whale, rejoin her fam...

18th Jul 2002

Japan: A clash of culinary cultures

Many cultural barriers between Japan and the West were torn down during last month's World Cup - but on the issue of whaling, the differences remain. ...

18th Jul 2002

USA: Navy wins whale-injury exemption

The U.S. Navy has won approval to deploy two ships that use low-frequency sonar to detect faraway submarines, despite continuing questions about wheth...

18th Jul 2002

USA: Orphaned whale still 'prefers boats'

An orphaned killer whale recently released into her native Canadian waters is still having trouble in keeping with her family, preferring instead the ...

18th Jul 2002

Pygmy Sperm Whale Stranded in Co. Kerry

A pygmy sperm whale stranded alive in the Magaherees in Co. Kerry yesterday. The animal was reported to Dingle Oceanworld. Upon veterinary inspection ...

16th Jul 2002

Warning over dolphin 'extinction'

Bottle-nosed dolphins could become extinct in British waters within a decade, a report has warned. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/sco...

16th Jul 2002

Are Ireland's friendly dolphins at risk?

The cross-channel adventures of Georges, the Cherbourg dolphin, known as Flipper in Weymouth, have raised the question: Are we endangering friendly do...

16th Jul 2002

'Extinction' claim over North Sea cod

Overfishing has driven the cod to virtually vanish from the North Sea, conservationists say. Full Story...

16th Jul 2002

USA: New US sonars 'may harm whales'

The United States Government has authorised the Navy to use a powerful new sonar system to detect submarines, despite concerns that it could harm whal...

16th Jul 2002

Norway Resumes Whale Product Exports

After a grudging 14 year break, Norway, the only country to conduct commercial whale hunts, has resumed exports of whale meat and blubber with a shipm...

16th Jul 2002

Scottish dolphins extinct in ten years

Bottlenose dolphins in Scotland and the south-west of England are dying out as greater numbers get caught in fishing nets, according to the Wildlife T...

16th Jul 2002

USA: Navy gets OK for new sonar

The Navy won approval Monday to deploy two ships that use low-frequency sonar to detect faraway submarines, despite continuing questions about whether...

16th Jul 2002

USA: Orphaned orca hangs around pod

An orphaned killer whale was tagging along with members of her birth pod Monday, a day after she returned to her native waters following a long stay i...

16th Jul 2002

Israel: Stranded beaked whale had eaten 4.5kg of plastic

A young male Ziphius (4.2 m long) which stranded alive and died within minutes of reaching the beach was found to have 4.5 Kg of plastic debrisin its ...

16th Jul 2002

China: Rare dolphin dies

The only white dolphin in captivity has died in central China. Full Story...

15th Jul 2002

USA: Orphaned orca swims to freedom

An orphaned killer whale which turned up off the coast of Seattle last January has been released to find her family group after a complex operation to...

15th Jul 2002

USA: Stellwagen bank rules could furthet restrict fishermen

Fishermen based in Provincetown, Mass., and those who fish close to shore may be affected by new rules for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctua...

15th Jul 2002

USA: Rescued orca returned to wild

The young orca whale who just recently returned to her home waters was released into the wild Sunday where, researchers hope, she will rejoin her long...

15th Jul 2002

Humpback Whale in Waterford

In Co. Waterford, a Humpback Whale was reported feeding 6km off Mine head this afternoon....

15th Jul 2002

Rare whale washed ashore in North Sligo

Investigations are continuing following the discovery of a rare whale which was found dead on the shoreline at Ballinful, Co. Sligo.Full Story: http:/...

15th Jul 2002

North Sea seals at risk

Common seals in northern Europe are again succumbing to a virus which killed thousands of them 14 years ago. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/engl...

12th Jul 2002

Dolphin rescue bid fails

An attempt to save a dolphin stranded on an Edinburgh beach failed when it was found to be too ill to return to the wild. Full Story...

12th Jul 2002

USA: Whale gets passport to go to Canada

An orphaned orca is being moved to the Pacific Ocean off British Columbia in the hope she can find her family. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/en...

12th Jul 2002

Deadly virus returns to European seals

A deadly virus that killed thousands of northern European seals in 1988 is showing signs of resurfacing. According to Dutch and Danish scientists who ...

12th Jul 2002

Rescue operation under way for beached dolphin

A rescue operation is under way after a white-beaked dolphin became stranded on rocks on the Scottish coastline.Full Story: http://www.ananova.com/new...

12th Jul 2002

USA: Animal Rescues Bring in Big Bucks to Special Interests

Although they are highly regarded as a good cause, some animal protection agencies have been receiving lots of criticism for not wisely spending their...

12th Jul 2002

Entangled Bottlenose Dolphin washed ashore in Co. Clare

A female bottlenose dolphin was washed ashore in Doonbeg, Co. Clare yesterday. The animal was caught in gillnets, with net wrapped around the mouth an...

12th Jul 2002

USA: Scientists probe whale death

It looks like even 33-foot whales come to Florida to spend their final days, according to the necropsy recently performed on the adult female sperm wh...

11th Jul 2002

USA: Overfishing, pollution threaten oceans - report

Overfishing and pollution in oceans off the U.S. coast threatening sea turtles and marine mammals with extinction, destroying coral reefs and making s...

11th Jul 2002

USA: Admire Dolphins - But From a Distance

Boaters and tourists enjoying coastal waters this summer are encouraged to admire wild dolphins from a distance, says the National Oceanic and Atmosph...

11th Jul 2002

Lack of legal enforcement damaging environment

THE country's landscape is suffering from a lack of environmental protection which results in farmers, planners, forestry and tourism bodies working t...

10th Jul 2002

USA: Orphan orca going home

The orphaned orca plucked from Puget Sound will head back to her home waters Friday aboard a high-speed catamaran ferry.Full Story: http://home.abc28....

10th Jul 2002

Canada: Right whale trapped in fishing gear off N.S.

Story: www.thestar.comAn endangered North Atlantic right whale was entangled in a mess of fishing gear off the Nova Scotia coast just as many of the m...

10th Jul 2002

USA: Diomede will be fined for illegal whaling

Diomede, the Bering Sea village that lost a resident during a whale hunt in late June, did not have a gray whale quota and will be fined for the infra...

10th Jul 2002

Ireland needs dolphin census

Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/"The dolphins have always been here," said Geoff Magee, owner of one of two commercial dolphin watching operations on the...

9th Jul 2002

USA: Denizens of the deep go 'bloop'

Mysterious giant beasts may lurk in the darkest depths of the ocean making whale-like noises that are baffling scientists.Full Story: http://www.mg.co...

9th Jul 2002

Whale watchers watched

It's like Moby Dick minus the harpoons.Whale watching, a whale hunt that involves tourists with cameras and generally careful boat operators, gives th...

9th Jul 2002

Villagers get sniffy at whiffy whale tip

Villagers have been left gasping for air after a dead whale was dumped near their homes.Residents of Greengairs, Lanarkshire, are furious the rotting ...

9th Jul 2002

USA: Stranded female spinner dolphin dies

A female spinner dolphin died yesterday morning after it stranded on the Ewa end of Magic Island.The dolphin was still alive when a surfer discovered ...

9th Jul 2002

Cuviers beaked whale stranded in Cornwall

The Cornish Wildlife email list reports that a heavily decomposed Cuvier's beaked whale was washed up at Whitsand Bay, Cornwall on 7/7/02. Samples bee...

9th Jul 2002

Dead French Minke found to have ingested English plastic bags

A dead minke whale washed up on the beach at Lestre in Normandy on the 3rd July was found to have 800g of plastic bags in it's stomach. The debris inc...

8th Jul 2002

Rotting whale removed from beach

The rotting carcass of a 30-tonne sperm whale has been removed from a beach near Edinburgh. Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/scotland/n...

5th Jul 2002

Denmark: Seal Virus continues to spread

In total, 1,132 dead seals have been reported in the Danish and Swedish Kattegat/Skagerrak area until now. In Sweden, the number of dead seals clearly...

5th Jul 2002

Japan: Japan softens stance on Alaskan Eskimo whale hunting ban

Japan softened its opposition to whale hunting by Alaskan Eskimos Thursday, saying its goal was not to block the traditional hunts. ...

5th Jul 2002

Japan: Agriculture minister blames whales for starving millions

Agriculture Minister Tsutomu Takebe, defending Japanfs controversial scientific whaling program, has suggested the giant ocean mammals are taking fo...

5th Jul 2002

USA: Free Willy struggles for freedom

Story: www.msnbc.comBeing held in captivity for 23 years made it clear that it is very, very difficult for the whale, whose name is Keiko, to be reint...

4th Jul 2002

UK Condemns Norway's plans to trade whale products with Iceland

Plans by Norway to sell whale products to Iceland have been condemned by UK Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley.Full Story: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/...

4th Jul 2002

Poachers' nets threaten dolphins

Scotland's only resident colony of bottle-nosed dolphins could be at risk because of the use of illegal fishing nets, police have said.Full Story: htt...

4th Jul 2002

Net closes in on Russian orcas

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4th Jul 2002

Whale of a pong!

The rotting 30-tonne carcase of a sperm whale on the banks of the Firth of Forth is causing major problems for council officials. Full Story: http://n...

4th Jul 2002

USA: U.S. Ready to Ship Sick Whale Home to Canada

A sick, orphaned killer whale captured and treated by U.S. marine mammal experts is now healthy enough to return to her home in Canada, fisheries offi...

3rd Jul 2002

Global: UN passes laws to boost ship safety,curb pollution

A raft of new laws aimed at bolstering ship safety and cutting down pollution from ships and accidents at sea came into force, the United Nations' mar...

3rd Jul 2002

USA: Attempt to stop whaling rejected

A federal judge yesterday rejected activists' call for a halt to Makah whaling until their lawsuit challenging the hunt is resolved, saying the plaint...

2nd Jul 2002

USA: A responsibility to save or leave alone?

The orphaned orca whale now swimming between West Seattle and Vashon Island may well die before its time.If that happens, some people would find it un...

2nd Jul 2002

USA: Gray-whale numbers shrink by thousands

The population of Eastern North Pacific gray whales has dropped in the past four years from an estimated high of more than 26,000 to less than 18,000,...

2nd Jul 2002

Japan: Japan targets 'endangered' whales

Four Japanese whaling vessels have set out on an expedition which will target a whale species environmentalists say is in danger of extinction. Full S...

2nd Jul 2002

Blasting Commences in Broadhaven Bay

Blasting for the new Corrib gas pipeline commenced in Broadhaven Bay (candidate SAC) today. Notice was received last Thursday that blasting would comm...

1st Jul 2002

USA: Hunt for a higher truth

The Makah gray whale hunt that resumed three years ago still troubles me. The whale that died at the hands of Makah hunters had things to teach us.Ful...

1st Jul 2002

USA: Sighting of 75 endangered whales leads to no-fishing zone

Federal officials have created a temporary no-fishing zone east of Nantucket Island after 75 endangered North Atlantic right whales were sighted in th...

1st Jul 2002

Japan: Japanese set off to hunt 260 whales

Japanese whalers left their home ports in eastern and southern Japan on Saturday for a three-month hunt in the northwest Pacific where they will kill ...

1st Jul 2002

Turtle Strands in West Cork

A turtle stranded in Clonakilty Bay during the week. At first the animal was thought to be dead, however despite serious injuries to its head and flip...

28th Jun 2002

Peru: Dolphins in credit as Peruvian debt is cancelled

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28th Jun 2002

Australia: Seismic Testing in Marine National Parks

The Victorian Parliament has just passed legislation for an impressive system of marine national parks but how effective will they be if seismic testi...

28th Jun 2002

Australia: Allegations of whale harassment under investigation

Two allegations of whale harassment on the South Coast recently are being investigated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service....

28th Jun 2002

New Zealand: Stranded whale refloated and heading out to sea

A small whale stranded at Orewa Beach, north of Auckland, overnight has been rescued. The distressed pygmy sperm whale was found at the northern end o...

28th Jun 2002

USA: Alaskan hunter dies after harpooned whale tips boat

An Alaska Eskimo died Wednesday after a harpooned whale flipped his whaling boat and he struck his head on the bow. Full Story: http://www.theolympian...

28th Jun 2002

In Iceland whales may be worth more alive than dead

The old fishing boat cuts through the waves where Faxafloi bay meets the open Atlantic off Iceland's west coast. A small group of people stands in sil...

28th Jun 2002

Full International Whaling Convention Text including the latest Schedule

The text of the INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE REGULATION OF WHALING, 1946 signed at Washington, 2 December 1946 and its PROTOCOL signed at Washingt...

26th Jun 2002

Safety concerns setback for euro 1bn gas pipe project

Story: www.unison.ieTHE controversial 1bn euro Corrib gas pipeline project off Mayo has suffered a serious setback with a Bord Pleanala warning that i...

26th Jun 2002

USA: Puget Sound orcas left off Endangered Species List

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday that it will not add Puget Sound's resident orcas to the federal list of endangered species. A...

26th Jun 2002

Canada: Hoping Springer's Call Is Music To Pod's Ears

Springer, the orphaned orca calf, is proving she is a survivor. Full Story...

26th Jun 2002

Japan: Japan reverses opposition to USA's aboriginal hunt

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26th Jun 2002

Whalewatching Success off Loop Head, Co Clare

The sea-state was surprisingly acceptable with only a light breeze but a long swell seemingly from the other side of the Atlantic. Bird activity was...

25th Jun 2002

Ben Head in Danger Of Collapse

Failure to tackle serious coastal erosion at one of the most scenic spots on the Meath coastline could lead to a major landslide tragedy, according to...

25th Jun 2002

Japan: Japan proposes resumption of international trade in whale products

Just weeks after Japan failed to force the International Whaling Commission to lift the moratorium on commercial whaling, it has changed tactics. Its ...

25th Jun 2002

USA: Fisheries Service to announce today if it believes orcas need protection

Puget Sound's resident killer whales were putting on a clinic of all things orca, slapping pectoral fins, swimming in tight formation, breaching, even...

25th Jun 2002

Japan: As whaling continues, killing methods become focus of debate

The Whalegrenade-99 is a far cry from the hand-thrown harpoons of old. Fired from a powerful cannon, it is tipped with a red, stainless steel cartridg...

25th Jun 2002

USA: Crittercam Catches Rare Humpback Hunting Behavior on Film

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24th Jun 2002

Norway: Norway to defy ban, resume whale exports to Iceland

Norway said last week that it would defy an international ban on commercial whaling and resume exports of whale meat to Iceland after a 14-year break....

24th Jun 2002

Norfolk, UK Cuvier's Beaked Whale Stranded

A Cuvier's beaked whale live stranded late last night (20th June) on the beach at Ostend, Happisburgh, Norfolk, UK. A rescue attempt was made yesterda...

21st Jun 2002

Turkey: Rescued sperm Whale

A sperm whale was found entangled in a gill net in 21 June in Fethiye-Turkey (Aegean Sea). She was female and 12 m in length. Turkish Marine Research ...

21st Jun 2002

Russia: Exxon-Mobil may be planning to boost Russia's economy, says David Gordon, but it could come at a whale of a cost.

Economically, Russia is on the move. Ever since her leaders tied the country's economic future to oil development, recent high oil prices have spurred...

19th Jun 2002

USA: Noisy Oceans Shrink Whales' World

"There are 100 year old whales alive today who can probably remember when the ocean was a much quieter place, and they could communicate with colleagu...

19th Jun 2002

Antartica: Resource exploitation in the Antarctic region

Virtually as soon as ships entered far southern waters, humans have been seeking to exploit the region's food resources. Exploitation has at times bee...

18th Jun 2002

Mexico: Mexico's sea turtles in danger - Greenpeace

Environmentalists said last week that the Mexican government must do more to stop the illegal slaughter of some 35,000 sea turtles each year in the no...

17th Jun 2002

USA: Rescuers net sick young orca, begin treatment

Marine-mammal experts lassoed a sick, orphaned young female killer whale by the tail near Seattle last week and hauled her to a holding pen to treat h...

17th Jun 2002

By-caught Minke Whale Strands in Cork

A 5m long minke whale was found on Long Strand, Owenihincia, Co. Cork two days ago. The animal showed signs of having been caught in fishing gear and ...

13th Jun 2002

USA: Moby Dick had Head Start

The sperm whale's massive head could be a battering ram, say US researchers. Male whales might clash heads over mates.Full Story: http://www.nature.co...

10th Jun 2002

Brussles: Alarm at toll of dolphin deaths brings EU crackdown on nets

Sonar 'pingers' will be fixed to fishing nets to ward off dolphins while special escape hatches will be fitted to nets to allow the dolphins to escape...

9th Jun 2002

Departmental restructuring sees new ministers in marine and heritage portfolios

Bertie Ahrne announced his new cabinet today (6/6/02). Changes to department structures and responsibilities mean that the marine portfolio now lies w...

6th Jun 2002

Japan: Extreme mercury levels revealed in whalemeat

Tests on whalemeat on sale in Japan have revealed astonishing levels of mercury. While it has long been known that the animals accumulate heavy metals...

6th Jun 2002

Overview of IWC 54

A summary of the major events & decisions. Provided by WDCS.Full Story: http://www.wdcs.org/dan/news.nsf/webnews/C3B7DF110ECC8AB580256BC70056C405...

28th May 2002

Pro-whalers living on a harpoon and a prayer

Story: www.japantimes.co.jpPro-whalers living on a harpoon and a prayerBy PHILIP BRASORThe increasing media flurry over the upcoming World Cup must be...

26th May 2002

Loss of hunt stings Eskimos

John Hopson Jr. was chasing bowhead whales on the Chukchi Sea about midnight Thursday when word came over the VHF radio: Eskimo whaling had been banne...

25th May 2002

Whaling summit ends in deadlock

The International Whaling Commission's (IWC) summit in Japan has ended with the ban on commercial hunting in place for another year, but nations divid...

24th May 2002

Japan accused of trying to sabotage whaling summit

A British minister accused Japan of "going nuclear" in its efforts to sabotage an international conference on whaling yesterday, and insisted that the...

23rd May 2002

Indigenous hunting sparks anger at whaling meet

Angry debate erupted again at the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting yesterday as pro-whalers and conservationists argued over the rene...

23rd May 2002

Iceland storms out of IWC, Japan rejected on minke

A furious Iceland stormed out of the annual world whaling summit yesterday and fellow pro-whaler Japan suffered a blow when the International Whaling ...

22nd May 2002

Bitter division over whale hunts

Acrimonious exchanges and procedural bickering have delayed the agenda as divisions become ever more apparent at the annual meeting of the Internation...

22nd May 2002

Iceland accuses US, others of scuttling whale bid

A furious Iceland, whose bid for full membership in the International Whaling Commission was rejected yesterday, slammed anti-whaling nations for keep...

21st May 2002

Global: Whale numbers lower than anticipated

Many of the great whale populations are much lower than previously estimated, according to research obtained by Greenpeace International. A report fro...

21st May 2002

Iceland push for membership key test for whale meet

Iceland, determined to become a full member again of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), said on the weekend it would refuse to agree to a com...

20th May 2002

Pro-whaling lobby may make gains at IWC meet - group

A rush of new members may shift the balance of power towards whaling at the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) annual meeting starting in Japan ...

20th May 2002

Japan lawmakers munch whale away from foreign eyes

Pro-whaling Japanese lawmakers gathered yesterday to dine on whale, but the event was strictly for domestic consumption. Full Story: http://www.planet...

10th May 2002

Japanese rally to resume whaling before IWC meet

Crowds of Japanese keen to see the resumption of commercial whaling marched through Tokyo yesterday as lawmakers munched on whale meat to tout Japan's...

10th May 2002

Some IWC members urge Japan not to expand whaling

A group of member countries of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) yesterday urged Japan not to expand its whaling programme, underscoring the ...

8th May 2002

Whaling commission suspects Japan of underreporting catch

The International Whaling Commission is to discuss Japan's alleged manipulation of whale catches. The closed-door science committee has received a rep...

1st May 2002

NZ renews whale haven bid ahead of Koizumi visit

New Zealand yesterday outlined a new push for a whale sanctuary in the vast South Pacific Ocean, only two days ahead of the visit of the leader of Jap...

1st May 2002

From Japan, a new taste treat - the whaleburger

First came the hamburger. Now, from Japan, the whaleburger. Full Story: http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/15679/story.htm...

26th Apr 2002

Japan pushes for restart of commercial whaling

An international whaling meeting kicked off yesterday in a gritty fishing port in southern Japan, with the hosts hoping to win backing in their contro...

26th Apr 2002

Japan clings to whaling past, hopes to lift ban

Yoshinori Shoji is a whaler, as his father and grandfather were before him, but his boat is now one of just a handful still working in Japan. Full Sto...

24th Apr 2002

Fahey clears development plan for Corrib gas field

The Minister for the Marine, Mr Fahey, has approved the Development Plan for the Corrib gas field.Mr Fahey also gave his approval for an underwater st...

16th Apr 2002

In a race against tide and time

In a race against tide and timeLorna Siggins, Marine CorrespondentThe pilot whales which survived a beaching on the Co Kerry coastline recently should...

2nd Apr 2002

Whales survive beaching on Kerry strand as 18 others die

More than 20 pilot whales, including up to four young calves, were back at sea yesterday after they survived a dramatic beaching on the Kerry coastlin...

25th Mar 2002

Austrian Parliament adopts groundbreaking Resolution on whaling and the IWC

Regarding the position of Austria at the future meetings of the parties to the International Convention on the Regulation of WhalingFull Story...

22nd Mar 2002

Evidence of the Cause of Dolphin Deaths

As more dolphin bodies are washed ashore, WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, has today revealed the latest evidence of the carnage to d...

29th Jan 2002

Humpback Whales Return to West Cork

Throughout October, November and up to the end of December large baleen whales (mostly fin whales but including sei and humpback whales) were observed...

14th Jan 2002