Japan threatened to quit the International Whaling Commission on Thursday after fierce opposition from anti-whaling nations forced it to scrap a proposal to allow four coastal villages to hunt the animals.
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has issued four licences to trawl for krill off Antarctica this week. Two licences were given to Aker Biomarine Antarctic AS, and one each to Ervik Marine Services AS and Krill Seaproducts AS. The fishery will take place in areas controlled by Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
Berkeley Sound in the Falkland Islands, a large natural harbour to the north of Stanley and within relatively easy reach by launch, is where boats fishing within the Islands' Conservation Zones, or on the high seas, come when their freezer holds are full to transfer their catches to larger refrigerated cargo ships or 'reefers'.
Abundance in offer added to the lack of new markets and storage space for squid (Illex argentinus) landings, is driving vessels belonging to companies of Galician capital operating in Argentine waters away from the fishery grounds once their cargo space is filled.
Subsistence whaling has sustained Alaska native communities for centuries and renewal of their five-year bowhead whale quota is crucial, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Monday at the opening of the International Whaling Commission meeting.
A group of 125 international marine scientists on Thursday called on the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to push for a global agreement that slashes subsidies paid by many countries to their fishing industries.
The first assessment of all European mammals, commissioned by the European Commission and carried out by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), shows that nearly one in every six mammal species is now threatened with extinction.
While the anti-whaling lobby appears to be heading for a clear majority at next week's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Alaska opponents to Japan's scientific whaling programme say more needs to be done.
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are facing increasing threats from climate change, according to a new report published by Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and World Wildlife Fund ahead of the 59th meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
Ahead of the world's major meeting on wildlife trade WWF released its list of top ten species needing urgent global action to reduce threats from trade.