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2009-10-02 13:49:00

LONDON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Iceland is being urged to abandon its commercial whaling as 26 countries issued a statement condemning the cruel and unnecessary killing of more than 200 endangered fin whales and minke whales so far this season. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling. The...

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2009-06-26 12:55:00

A U.S. fisheries expert and outgoing chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) proposed that ending the commercial hunting ban on whales could actually benefit whale conservation efforts, BBC News reported. This year's IWC meeting saw pro- and anti-whaling nations agree to further compromise talks and deferred a decision on a controversial bid from Greenland to add humpback whales to its annual hunt. The Greenland Inuit are granted hunting quotas because they are one of the...

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2009-06-24 06:25:00

Environmentalists are infuriated by a Danish request for consent to continue hunting humpback whales of the coast of Greenland, the AFP accounted. Ole Samsing, Danish commissioner at the annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference being held on the Portuguese island of Madeira, immediately demanded a "quick solution" in light of the request. "We want to put forward a proposal for a quota of 10 humpback whales per year for the 2010-2012 period" in Greenland, a semi-autonomous...

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2009-06-23 10:33:59

Scientists are warning that a new form of unregulated whaling has emerged along the coastlines of Japan and South Korea, where the commercial sale of whales killed as fisheries "bycatch" is threatening coastal stocks of minke whales and other protected species. Scott Baker, associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, says DNA analysis of whale-meat products sold in Japanese markets suggests that the number of whales actually killed through this "bycatch...

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2009-06-20 07:41:32

Whale hunters in Iceland have brought in their first big catches of the season -- two 35-ton, 65-ft.-long fin whales, the AFP news agency said on Friday. The Hvalur 9 arrived early Friday morning at the port of Akranes, 12 miles north of Reykjavik, with the whales in tow. The large mammals were quickly carved up to separate the meat from the blubber, with an inspector tasting a piece of the meat to check its quality. But the environmental group Greenpeace criticized the catch, saying Iceland...

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2009-06-12 12:25:00

Experts say a minke whale that was likely injured by floating rope has provided a unique insight into the dangers posed to marine animals by fishing gear, BBC News reported. The large whale was spotted off the coast of Quebec, Canada, with a huge scar around its throat and feeding in a way never before recorded for minke whales, probably in response to its injury. It is one of the first sightings to detail the handicaps that can be caused to animals that become entangled in fishing nets and...

2009-06-09 11:33:00

BOSTON, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Two weeks before the annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), taking place from 22nd to the 26th of June in Madeira, Portugal, European whaling nations provoke the international community with an increase of whaling quotas and granting export permits for whale meat to Japan. In response WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, calls "Europe: Whale Enemy No.1" and launches its campaign to request immediate action taken by the US...

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2009-05-26 14:21:13

Tuesday marked the beginning of Iceland's whaling season, despite protests from animal rights groups and international calls to reduce whaling quotas, AFP reported Iceland is one of only two countries in the world that allows commercial whaling. The country's whaling season, which usually runs from May to late September, will have a set maximum quota of 100 minke whales that can be killed during that time. Gudmundur Haraldsson, one of the whalers on board the Johanna AR vessel, told AFP his...

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2009-05-12 06:25:00

Peace agreements over whaling have stalled between pro and anti-whaling nations. The countries have been debating for nearly a year in an attempt to come to an agreement before this year's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting. According to BCC News, who has seen the report, the process has "fallen short." An unnamed source has blamed Japan for the stalemate, saying the nation did not offer large enough cuts in its Antarctic hunting, which the nation claims is used for research....

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2009-04-28 13:59:01

Iceland's tourism industry and whaling industry are at odds with each other over the fate of their whale population. During the summer, tourists spend roughly 45 euros each ($60) in hopes of catching a glimpse of a minke whale at sea. Angela Walk, a 37-year-old tour guide, told AFP that her company is against whaling. "We try to convince them to stop. It's not good for Iceland's image," said Walk. But as the tourism industry earns from whale sightings, the whalers make their living from...


Latest Minke Whale Reference Libraries

Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-22 16:21:07

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-10 11:14:16

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

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2006-07-12 15:07:29

The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...

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