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Whale Hunting Quota Requests Denied At Global Conference
2012-07-08 07:49:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Japan and Denmark issued threats to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) after their requests for whale-hunting quotas were denied at the organization's annual meeting, various news outlets reported over the weekend. According to the Associated Press (AP), Japan had been seeking permission to carry out small-scale whaling in some coastal communities at the conference, which ended Friday, and have said that they will...

2010-06-23 05:57:00

AGADIR, Morocco, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Annual Meeting concluding without any results from the three-year effort to reconcile the impasse between pro-whaling and anti-whaling countries. "We are deeply disappointed that the governments present here, after more than 3 years of intense work, could not...

2010-04-22 17:37:00

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to the proposal released today by the Chair (Cristian Maquieira of Chile) and Vice-Chair (Anthony Liverpool, Antigua and Barbuda) of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The proposal will be considered at the IWC's annual meeting this June, in Agadir, Morocco. "The negotiations on the future of the IWC have moved...

2010-02-23 08:00:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A draft plan unveiled today proposes to legalize commercial whaling for the first time since a 1986 moratorium made it illegal to hunt whales for commercial purposes. The plan was drafted by member countries of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), an international body which meets annually to set global policy on whaling and whale conservation. Despite the moratorium, three of the IWC's 88 member countries - Japan,...

2010-02-22 10:51:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to recent efforts to resolve the impasse at the International Whaling Commission. "The proposed compromise released today by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) fails to respect both the IWC's 1994 declaration of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary as well as the IWC's 28-year-old moratorium on commercial...

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2009-01-20 09:35:00

It was announced on Tuesday that the international group that supervises whaling may disband if an attempt to mediate pro and anti whaling groups is not successful. The International Whaling Commission formed several contributory groups to hammer out an agreement between the two sides, but it is not certain if the endeavor will be successful. "This year is a moment of truth for the IWC," Joji Morishita, a counselor with Japan's Fisheries Agency, told Reuters. "This is almost a final try. If...

2006-06-20 18:50:15

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it would not be cutting any deals with Japan over Alaska's bowhead whale hunting quota as it prepares to host an international whaling group next year. U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service Director Bill Hogarth said Japan had threatened a "blow-up" over the aboriginal quota for Eskimos if Washington did not give some ground on Japan's demand that a 1986 moratorium against commercial...

2006-06-18 18:38:11

FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - Japan and its allies won a pro-whaling vote for the first time in two decades on Sunday at an international meeting. A majority of nations at the International Whaling Commission approved a non-binding declaration that criticized a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, blamed whales for depleting fish stocks and said nongovernmental organizations were a threat.

2006-06-17 19:00:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis -- Japan fell short again on Saturday in efforts to gain majority support for its campaign to loosen international anti-whaling regulations. Japan, which has obeyed a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling but uses a loophole to hunt minke whales for scientific research, proposed that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) allow Japanese coastal communities to whale near shore. Passage of the measure would have required 75 percent...

2006-06-16 17:20:00

By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis -- Japan suffered a resounding defeat on Friday at the International Whaling Commission, calming fears among conservationists that might finally win enough support in the world body to start attacking a ban on whaling. The commission voted against two proposals by Japan, one for secret ballots that it said would allow Caribbean and Pacific nations to back its pro-whaling stance without fear of reprisal, and another to prevent the IWC from...


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