Supporting the Palau National Marine Sanctuary

Samstag, 14. März 2015

Please sign the Petition! Petition Background (Preamble): The Palau National Marine Sanctuary will increase our fish stocks, thereby improving our domestic fishing industry, bolstering our food security, supporting our tourism sector, and protecting our cherished way of life. The Sanctuary does not affect fishing in state waters at all. It also will allow for locally [...]


Book recommendation: Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook

Montag, 9. März 2015

by Victoria Todd, Ian Todd, Jane Gardiner and Erica Morrin ‘Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook’ is the ultimate instruction manual for mitigation measures to minimise man-made acoustical and physical disturbances to marine mammals from industrial and defence activities. Based on more than two decades of offshore experience, and a decade of supplying [...]



Mittwoch, 7. Januar 2015

A Focus on the Baltic Harbour Porpoise Earlier in December 2014, the keenly awaited results of the SAMBAH Project (Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise) were released – with some surprises! A much more reliable population estimate for the Baltic population than was ever available before was released: around 450 animals are [...]


Harbour Porpoises in the Baltic Sea – critically endangered

Donnerstag, 12. Mai 2011

On Sunday, May 15th, 2011, the annual „International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise” is being celebrated in honour of the only whale species living in the Baltic Sea, but this year it is not a day for celebration. Although a conservation plan (aka the Jastarnia Plan) exists already for more than 10 years created [...]


Taiwan – Whale Shark in Captivity – Letter to the Taiwanese Minister of Agriculture

Montag, 21. März 2011

The Hon. Dr Wu-Hsiung Chen Minister, Council of Agriculture 37 Nanhai Road Taipei Taiwan 10014 14th March 2011 Dear Minister We, the undersigned organisations, would like to express our support for the Life Conservationist Association of Taiwan in its opposition to the capture and display of another whale shark at the National Museum of Marine [...]


Namibia’s annual seal cull – 91.000 seals to be beaten to death

Mittwoch, 16. März 2011

This year, the Namibian government will again cull large numbers of South African seals: 85.000 pups and 6000 bulls. While the bulls get shot, the pups are clubbed and stabbed to death. The massacre always takes places in July at Cape Cross. On the beach the pups are separated from their mothers, rounded up and [...]


Population of Harbour Porpoises in the Baltic Sea diminishes

Freitag, 25. Februar 2011

Quickborn (dpa) – According to marine conservationists, the number of harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea is diminishing continuously. ‘Particularly alarming is the development in the inner Baltic Sea (East of Rügen), where only an estimate of 250 adults are left’, says Petra Deimer, Chair of the Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals (GSM), [...]


Japan calls off Whaling Season

Donnerstag, 17. Februar 2011

The question is: is this the end? For this year? Perhaps even for ever? The fact is, that Japan has cut short this year’s whaling season in the Antarctic. The Japanese Fishery Agency in Tokyo confirmed that the government has recalled its whaling fleet from the Antarctic and suspended whaling. Apparently, the fleet has been [...]


Wikileaks reveals whaling deal between USA und Japan

Montag, 17. Januar 2011

It is the same procedure every year: 87 nations meet at the IWC-conference and in the end, one is relieved that Japan does not get a majority for its obscene proposals to extend whale hunting. Which country is bribed by the Japanese next year, when do they have a majority? And then, Wikileaks publishes American [...]


Climate change? Harp seal’s parturition 3 months premature

Donnerstag, 6. Januar 2011

On the coast of Labrador, five Harp Seal females gave birth – two to three months earlier as usual. Even native east coast inhabitants could not remember as early parturition as this year. The pups with their white baby fur were born ashore and not on drifting ice as usual. The worrying question is: is [...]