Japan, West clash at IWC meet over coastal whale hunts

Oct 27, 2016

Japan, West clash at IWC meet over coastal whale hunts

Japan has pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food. The issue of "small-type coastal hunting" is a key dispute between pro- and ...

Sea Shepherd gets fast anti-whaling ship

Oct 3, 2016

Sea Shepherd gets fast anti-whaling ship

With its distinctive Jolly Roger flag flying from the mast, the sleek, high-speed, slate-gray Ocean Warrior is the latest weapon in the bitter war between marine conservationists and Japan's whaling fleet. "The one thing that we were missing in our fleet was a vessel with ...

Jul 25, 2016

Japan takes 115 whales in northwest Pacific hunt

Japanese whalers have concluded their annual northwestern Pacific hunt, killing 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde's whales, the Fisheries Agency said Monday. The numbers taken for what the government says is scientific research, but which many critics say is cover for commercial whaling, was the ...

Baird's beaked whale is first catch of season

Jun 8, 2016

Baird's beaked whale is first catch of season

Fishermen landed the first Baird's beaked whale of the season on Wednesday, local authorities said. The whale, a 10-meter-long female weighing roughly 10 tons, was landed at Hakodate port, Hokkaido, early Wednesday after being caught in the sea off Matsumae, Hakodate, city officials said. Commercial fishermen ...