Wanted alive

For the first time in decades, Icelandic whalers have stopped hunting fin whales, thanks in part to a growing appreciation for the value these mammals bring to both marine and human communities.
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Protected on one side of the border, hunted on the other

Differing interpretations on the status of some coastal gray whales in Canada upsets the balance between conservation and Indigenous rights.


Commercial whaling may be over in Iceland

Citing the pandemic, whale watching, and a lack of exports, one of the three largest whaling countries may be calling it quits.

Iceland won't be killing any whales this year

For conservationists, this interruption to whaling, however long it lasts, is welcome news.

(Credit: Martin Robertson/flickr)

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Japan’s pullout could spark criticism from European and other countries opposed to the practice of whaling.

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Whaling vote: Australia tells Japan it has lost argument for killings

Country's commissioner makes impassioned case against a business that no longer has a 'social licence.'


IWC passes Brazil project to protect whales

Tempers flared at the International Whaling Commission on Thursday as it voted to back a Brazilian proposal which would safeguard the marine mammals in perpetuity, after a bitter debate.


IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts – with new quotas

The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting – but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.


Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Pro-whaling nations on Tuesday blocked a near two-decade effort to create a South Atlantic haven for the endangered marine mammals, deepening divisions at an already fractious International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil.


Nations lock horns as whalers, opponents meet in Brazil

Pro- and anti-whaling nations locked horns Monday as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began meeting in Brazil amid outrage over Japan's proposal to end a three-decade moratorium on commercial whale hunting.


Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Japan is trying to convince the world the time has come to make commercial whaling legal again.

What can stop Japan′s ′gruesome′ whale hunting program?

Japan's ongoing "research whaling" program has incited fresh outrage after a recent report on the summer hunt in the Southern Ocean detailed the killing of over 120 pregnant whales.

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