Australia is considering removing humpback whales from the threatened species list after their numbers rebounded in recent decades. But the mammals face new threats.
Whales are rediscovering their old haunts in the Arctic and Southern oceans after centuries of hunting.
Workmen dissecting a whale carcass in Antarctica, circa 1935.
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For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.
Whale watching (here, off Húsavík, Iceland) may be better for the local economy than whale hunting.
Icelandic whalers have killed more than 1,700 whales since a global ban was adopted in 1986 – up to 2019, when no hunts took place. Is Iceland quietly getting out of the business?
The first whale to be taken from Japan’s waters since the country resumed commercial whaling, July 1 2019.
Japan's exit from the IWC should spur on more global cooperation on environmental issues, not less.
Detail of the Connecticut Inscription, with image enhancement.
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Etchings over much earlier Aboriginal engravings show foreign whalers made contact with Australia's remote northwest long before colonial settlement of the area.
Increased tourism in Iceland is bringing more attention to controversial practices such as commercial whaling and consumption of whale meat.
Iceland is set to resume commercial whaling in June after a two-year hiatus, arguing that the moratorium put in place by the international community was never intended to be an open-ended ban.
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In this episode of Change Agents, Andrew Dodd speaks with Darren Kindleysides and Don Rothwell on how Australia won a case against Japan's whaling activities at the International Court of Justice.
A photo from Sea Shepherd allegedly shows a Japanese whaling vessel with a dead minke whale on board.
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Japan is once again allegedly killing whales in Antarctica. But after taking Japan to international court in 2014, there's not much Australia can do.
The idea is to come up with better alternatives to this.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Japan's fleet is on its way to the Southern Ocean for more "scientific" whaling. But a new resolution pointing out the importance of whale poo could help remove Japan's rationale for lethal research.
Japan’s previous scientific whaling program was shut down. But its new one may not be.
EPA/Tim Watters/Sea Shepherd Australia
Australia's new resolution will apply stricter monitoring to the special permits that allow some nations to continue whaling. But the new rules are non-binding, meaning countries are free to ignore them.
Ecological sustainability is at the core of Australia’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's proposed changes to Australia's national environment act will significantly reduce judicial oversight on environmental decisions. Here's why that matters.
DNA analysis reveals that there are three populations of Antarctic blue whales.
Paula Olson, courtesy of IWC
Antarctica's blue whales all feed in the same place. But a new genetic analysis suggests they are actually three separate populations that breed in different parts of the globe.
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The tale of the vengeful whale that took out the Essex, a whaling-ship, has now been adapted in true swashbuckling style.
Can Australians stomach a small, scientifically-sound whale harvest?
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The clash between Australia and Japan over whaling is undermining science-based environmental law.
Japan will kill Minke Whales in the Southern Ocean under the new whaling program.
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Japan's whaling fleet will leave port today to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean as part of its new scientific program, NEWREP-A.
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Japan’s scientific research program, JARPA II, was found contrary to international law in 2014.
Japan has effectively removed any legal challenges to its controversial whaling program, revealing a flaw in international law.
The pilot whale hunt is still largely unchanged for hundreds of years.
It's difficult to talk about whaling without emotions getting in the way. But we must.
Humpback whale populations have leapt on both Australia’s east and west coasts.
Ari S. Friedlaender (under NMFS permit)
Chalk it up as a rare conservation win: humpback whales have bounced back so strongly since the whaling era that there is no longer a need to include them on Australia's official threatened species list.