The Arctic melting pot? Climate change generates completely new crossbreeds

Samstag, 25. Dezember 2010

Four years ago, hunters killed a strange looking polar bear. It’s nuzzle was much shorter than usual and had there were several brown patches of fur in its white coat. DNA-Analysis confirmed that it was a crossbreed between a Grizzly and a Polar bear. This incident, occurring four years ago, focuses on a problem which [...]


European Parliament supports strengthening the EU finning ban

Freitag, 17. Dezember 2010

Summary In September 2010, four Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) launched a Written Declaration 71/2010 on shark finning, which called on the Commission to deliver a proposal to prohibit the removal of shark fins on-board vessels. By 16th December, 423 of the 736 MEPs had added their names, achieving a majority Endorsed as a resolution [...]


Japan’s whaling fleet sets sail

Montag, 6. Dezember 2010

Ruthless and ignorant against public opinion in most countries, the Japanese are continuing their whaling hunt also this year. On December 2nd, Japan’s whaling fleet set sail for Antarctica later than usual and with a smaller fleet. Traditionally, the fleet leaves Japan in November and returns in April. Due to the delay, they will be [...]


Unexploded Ordnance in Sea is a Ticking Time Bomb

Sonntag, 21. November 2010

Neumünster – The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union NABU, the Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals GSM and the Society for Dolphin Conservation Germany GRD have demanded more sustainable methods for recovering and disposing of unexploded ammunition in the North- and Baltic Sea.  Ammunition dumped into the sea during and after Worldwar I and [...]


Relief for the Baltic Sea

Donnerstag, 7. Oktober 2010

A milestone was reached at a meeting of the international maritime organisation (IMO) in London with respect to reducing toxic algae bloom in the Baltic Sea. It was decided that from 2013 onward passenger and container ships are no longer allowed to dispose untreated sewage in the Baltic Sea. Ports are now obliged to provide [...]


PRESS RELEASE: Without oxygen, “nothing goes” – Marine biologists get to the bottom of dead zones

Montag, 13. September 2010

The behaviour of marine bottom dwellers can now, for the first time, be used to predict the development of so-called dead zones in the sea. Animals fight for what little oxygen there is in these zones – but the battle is often in vain: such oxygen crises, now increasingly common, usually end in mass mortalities. [...]


Endangered Animals and Plants under Scrutiny – Hope of protection for polar bears, red tuna, sharks and corals disappears over the horizon

Freitag, 16. April 2010

Although Germany and the European Union have been fighting within CITES for more than nine years for better protection for the porbeagle shark and spiny dogfish, yet again there was a crushing defeat.  The majority of the 188-country-strong Convention categorically quashed the inclusion of these two endangered shark species on Appendix II at its 15th [...]


Merry Christmas

Samstag, 19. Dezember 2009

Dear members, dear friends, on behalf of the Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals (GSM) we would like to thank you for your enduring support, without which non of our work would be possible. Please find below our christmas card which was painted by our member Rüdiger Strempel. We wish you and your families [...]


Seal Meat – a Matter of the Heart

Freitag, 11. Dezember 2009

“Well, if it helps to prolong my period in office…,” her Excellency, the Governor General of Canada, Ms Michaëlle Jean, may have thought as her well-manicured hand reached for a big knife. It was almost as if she wanted to prove that there is nothing, but absolutely nothing that politicians will shrink back from to [...]


Letter to the Japanese Minister of the Consumer Affairs Agency Ms. Mizuho Fukushima

Sonntag, 6. Dezember 2009

I a letter to the Japanese minister of the Consumer Affairs Agency Ms. Mizuho Fukushima and the Japanese ambassador to Germany Dr. Takahiro Shinyo the Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals (GSM) has pointed out the results of scientific studies concerning the poisonousness of whale meat. The Japanese government was asked to act upon [...]