HUNT GIVES RESPONSIBILITY FOR MARINE PROTECTION TO OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY RIGHT AROUND AUSTRALIA’S COASTLINE

Australia becoming a ”4th world country” on marine protection, conservationists warn Date June 26, 2014 Julieanne Strachan Reporter for The Sunday Canberra Times. Australia’s standards for protecting marine life have tumbled so far they can now be described as “fourth world”, conservationists have warned. Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s changes to the approvals process for offshore oil and gas drilling took effect in February, meaning exploration and mining companies no longer needed referral and assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity … More…

MIGALOO OFF NSW AND QUEENSLAND COAST

Migaloo is on the way 27th Jun 2014 6:00 AM MIGALOO, the world-famous white whale, could well arrive in the Whitsundays this week, with sightings already confirmed off both the New South Wales and Queensland coasts. And Migaloo is not alone. The humpback highway, stretching from the icy cold waters of the Antarctic to the balmy waters of the Great Barrier Reef, is once again flowing with traffic. From their tail-slapping displays to powerful breaches through the water, migrating humpback … More…

WHALE WATCHING BOATS CAUSE MOST COLLISIONS WITH WHALES SAYS IWC

Paul Farrell and Nick Evershed  THE GUARDIAN Friday 27 June 2014 11.25 EST Whales are more likely to to be hit by whale-watching boats than any other identified vessel type, data from the International Whaling Commission shows. Whale collisions around the world have been collated by the commission in a database which runs from 1885 to 2010. While the type of vessel is unknown in most incidents, where the boat type was identified the highest number of collisions came from whale-watching … More…

INDIAN GOVT GRANTS PERSON-HOOD STATUS TO DOLPHINS

Dolphins granted personhood by government of India Dolphins have been granted “non-human personhood” status by the government of India, making India the first nation in the world to recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean order (a class of aquatic mammals). The decision was announced by India’s Minister of the Environment and Forests which also outlawed captive dolphin shows. The ministry added that dolphins “should have their own specific rights.” (SOURCE) Dolphins are extremely intelligent mammals with a highly-developed social structure. Recent … More…

INDIA RECOGNISES DOLPHINS AS NON HUMAN PERSONS – FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD !

Dolphins granted personhood by government of India DOLPHINS GRANTED PERSONHOOD BY INDIA Dolphins have been granted “non-human personhood” status by the government of India, making India the first nation in the world to recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean order (a class of aquatic mammals). The decision was announced by India’s Minister of the Environment and Forests which also outlawed captive dolphin shows. The ministry added that dolphins “should have their own specific rights.” (SOURCE) Dolphins are extremely intelligent mammals with … More…

DOLPHIN RESEARCH – $250,000 GIVEN BY HUNT TO SEAWORLD !!~!

  $500,000 boost for dolphin research Media release 12 June 2014 Download media release $500,000 boost for dolphin research (PDF – 116 KB) The Australian Government is delivering on a key election commitment to provide $250,000 to both Sea World and Victoria’s Dolphin Research Institute for research into threats facing dolphins so that we can better manage these iconic species. Dolphins are loved by Australians and are a feature of our marine environment, yet we have a poor understanding of … More…

DUGONGS – FUNDING FOR PACIFIC NATIONS TO BETTER CARE FOR THESE WONDERFUL ANIMALS

New funding for dugongs in the Pacific could make a big difference to the future of the species By Jemima Garrett  – EDITOR’S NOTE.. SHAME THEY FORGOT ABOUT THE PROBLEM IN AUSTRALIA ! Updated Wed 25 Jun 2014, 3:31am AEST Photo: A native Australian dugong swims in Moreton Bay. (Reuters file photo) Map: Pacific Dugongs may look like overweight dolphins but actually they are more closely related to elephants. Like their terrestrial cousins, they are herbivores and they are vulnerable … More…

CHILEAN SENATE SAYS NO TO JAPAN’S ” SCIENTIFIC ” WHALING !

06/23/14 Chilean Senate Says NO to “Scientific” Whaling in front of Japanese Embassy in Santiago   Prior to the next International Whaling Commission meeting in September, NGOs valued the complaint of the Chilean Senate and supported the petition made by the parliamentarians to president Michelle Bachelet to protest against the continuation of illegal whaling disguised as “scientific” research. Santiago de Chile, 23 June 2014 (CCC/Ecoceanos News) – Chilean senators Baldo Prokurika and Guido Girardi, along with Chilean NGOs Cetacean Conservation … More…

RUSSIAN WHALING – A TERRIBLE HISTORY

The following new paper has just been published: Ivashchenko, Y.V. & Clapham, P.J.  2014.  Too much is never enough: the cautionary tale of Soviet whaling.  Marine Fisheries Review 76: 1-21. The paper can be downloaded for free at: http://spo.nmfs.noaa.gov/mfr761-2/mfr761-21.pdf ABSTRACT Despite being a signatory to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (1946), the USSR conducted a 30y campaign of illegal whaling which arguably represents one of the greatest failures of management in the history of the industry.  Here, … More…

HUMPBACK WAHELS NEED BETTER PROTECTION

Assessment of humpback whales in Oceania Updated at 9:32 am on 16 June 2014 New data released on humpback whales in Oceania, collected over a 20 year period, has prompted calls for the species to be better protected. Humpback whale Photo: SPREP The first of its kind of assessment, led by the Pacific Whale Research Consortium, shows the slow recovery from when commercial whaling ended 50 years ago. It says with just 4,000 left in the Oceania region, the species … More…