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2009-04-22 15:00:57

The Japanese government argued in support of its latest whaling mission on Wednesday, claiming that its call for the killing of 60 minke whales is for research purposes only. The mission involving five ships "“ four whaling ships and one for research "“ left Ayukawa port in northern Miyagi prefecture on Wednesday. The vessels will remain at sea until late May, according to the Japanese fisheries agency. Japan uses a legal loophole in the 1986 international moratorium on commercial...

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2009-02-27 14:45:00

Iceland's decision to up its whaling quota has been criticized by the United States after concerns that there may not be enough whales to sustain the hunt, the AFP reported. Despite international calls for it to reconsider, Iceland's new left-wing government announced last week that it would maintain an earlier decision for a six-fold increase quota of 150 fin and 150 minke whales this year. The U.S. State Department released an official statement strongly opposing the decision. "We are...

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2009-02-18 09:39:35

On Tuesday, seven countries issued a letter to Iceland asking the nation's fisheries minister to rethink the sixfold increase to its whaling quota. Ambassadors to the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Finland met with Minister of Fisheries Steingrimur Sigfusson on Friday to discuss the issue. "We know the attitudes of these states and there were no threats involved," said Sigfusson, according to the Iceland Review. "But we discussed many things....

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2009-01-28 07:25:00

Environmental groups are opposing an expanded whaling quota established by an outgoing government in Iceland. Iceland's fisheries ministry issued the quota that would allow the catching of 100 minke whales and 150 fin whales annually for the next five years. Iceland is in crisis after the collapse of its ruling coalition and the resignation of its prime minister due to the effects of the global credit crunch. The country ended a 20-year ban on commercial whaling in August 2006, issuing...

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2008-12-05 15:20:00

An Icelandic firm has announced that whale meat imported from Iceland and Norway has gone on sale in Japan.After completing food safety checks, the meat is now being distributed in Iceland's first whale export to Japan in 20 years, according to whaling company Hvalur hf.All three countries have registered exemptions to rules banning international trade in whale products. Last weekend, unconfirmed reports suggested that the meat was on sale, but this is the first official notification.Many...

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2008-11-17 11:32:50

The Nisshin Maru, Japan's main whaling ship, reportedly left harbor on Monday heading for the Antarctic on its first hunt since April when it was confronted by anti-whaling activists. There was no official confirmation of the ship's departure, but Greenpeace reported that it left the port of Innoshima with plans to take about 850 minke whales and 50 fin whales. "Waved off only by the crew's families and whaling officials, the factory ship Nisshin Maru left Innoshima with no fanfare,"...

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2008-09-15 10:00:00

According to BBC News, Greenland is trying to eliminate its whale hunt from the control of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The state's whalers are angered that the IWC has declined to allow the addition of humpback whales to its annual allowance on two occasions. The move would make Greenland the only state outside the IWC to hunt the humpback whale. The news comes just before a Florida meeting aimed at uniting the divided IWC, a "peace process" which began over a year ago....

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2008-08-12 13:55:00

Although once under threat of extinction, many big whales are on the "road to recovery" thanks to bans set in place in the 1980s, an environmental group said Tuesday. In its review of cetaceans, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported a "guardedly optimistic" picture for many large whales, according to Randall Reeves, chair of the cetacean specialist group of the IUCN. "Humpbacks and southern right whales are making a comeback in much of their range mainly because...

2008-08-07 15:00:30

- The Department of Environmental Management will try again this morning to retrieve the carcass of a 15-foot minke whale that was at Matunuck Point yesterday. B1 (c) 2008 Providence Journal. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

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2008-06-25 00:15:00

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has cracked open the door to the possibiliby of repealing the commercial whaling ban. The group approved a reform path designed to find a compromise between anti- and pro-whaling nations. Representatives at the IWC's yearly meeting in Chile agreed that the current stalemate should be stopped. The nations will try to agree on a package of laws by next year's meeting. It is likely that the primary elements of the package will have to include the...


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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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