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A new opportunity to stop Japan’s whaling?

A new opportunity to stop Japan’s whaling?

Last Wednesday, the European Parliament voted ‘yes’ to the EU-Japan free trade agreement (or Economic Partnership Agreement). It also agreed to a closely related strategic partnership agreement with Japan. This marked the end of our campaign to use these trade talks to get better protection for whales from the harpoons of Japanese whalers. Our aim…

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No EU-Japan trade agreement unless Japan stops whaling!

When we launched our campaign in March 2016, calling on the EU to make whaling a deal breaker in the negotiations with Japan on a free trade agreement, we had a clear goal: to get the EU to use the trade talks as a powerful tool and put pressure on Japan to stop its whaling…

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Whales and whalers – how and why WDC is fighting to keep the whaling ban

Today, representatives of the world’s governments are gathered in Florianopolis, Brazil to discuss whales, whalers and whaling. This important ten-day summit of the International Whaling Commission, (IWC, the body that regulates whaling) happens every two years. WDC is at the meeting to provide expert advice to governments and to fight on the side of the…

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A peek behind the scenes of whale and dolphin conservation

Fighting for whale and dolphin protection is rarely as glamorous as it might sound. Much of it takes place in long meetings, where evidence is presented and decisions are made. Some of the most important events in a whale conservationist’s calendar are the various meetings of the International Whaling Commission, or IWC, the body that…

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What happened at the recent International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee meeting?

More than 200 scientists from more than 30 countries recently gathered together at the 67a Scientific Committee (SC) meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The meeting took place in Bled, Slovenia from May 9th to 21st. Several topics relating to management and conservation of cetaceans were discussed within 17 subcommittees and working groups. The most…

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WDC at the 66b meeting of the IWC Scientific Committee

The 66b meeting of the Scientific Committee (SC) of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was held in Bled, Slovenia from June 4th to 20th, 2016 and gathered together more than 150 international experts to discuss issues concerning conservation and management of cetaceans. We were there participating in the discussions of several sub-committees and presenting papers…

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Synopsis of what happened at the 66a IWC scientific committee meeting

A few days ago, between May 19th and June 5th, San Diego hosted the 66a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee (SC). During 2 weeks, delegates from 33 countries plus invited participants from different countries and organizations were discussing several issues related to conservation and management of cetacean populations.  A total of 13 Sub-committees…

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