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Environmentalists propose a whales’ sanctuary ring along the American continent

Friday, June 8th 2012 - 23:18 UTC
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Environment organizations meeting in Panama will demand the creation of a whales’ sanctuary in the south Atlantic and south Pacific, at the coming meeting of the International Whaling Commission. Read full article


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  • JohnN

    A whale sanctuary around Falkland Islands might be a big plus for Falkland Islands tourism, given that FI is now on the Antarctic circuit for some cruise ships too and is in keeping with the eco-natural tourism attraction of the Islands. It could build on the FI anti-whaling exhibits already around:

    Falklands whales:

    Falkland Islands tourism:

    Jun 09th, 2012 - 12:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    In the South Atlantic and South Pacific?

    My what a coincidence, that the North Atlantic and North Pacific is being exempt?

    Argentina's resposne should be simple : F--- off.

    Jun 09th, 2012 - 01:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    Thank goodness for NGO's like Fundación Patagonia Natural who are doing wonderful work towards the saving of the right whale in Argentina.

    The other NGO that is working towards the same ends is WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) which has funded some trmendously important research on Patagonian coastal species.

    Jun 09th, 2012 - 02:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rnbgr

    There already is a whaling ban in American and Canadian waters with the exception native populations in Alaska and canada

    Jun 09th, 2012 - 04:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Playa Doradillo, Chubut, Argentina.

    Where else in the world can you sit on the beach six month a year and enjoy the whales song, just 100 yards away ?

    (And all this for free)

    Jun 09th, 2012 - 04:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    Can someone tell Gabriel Despaigne from the Panama Green Association that Alaska (USA) and a great number of places including the Falklands, most of the Carribean and Canada are not in 'Latin America'.

    It's a minor point, but he seems to have not really grasped this from his previous educational exploits.

    Jun 09th, 2012 - 05:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think


    And some miles away from el Doradillo beach,

    you can watch this……:

    (Free of charge too)

    Jun 09th, 2012 - 05:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    The only good news I have seen coming from SA. If only we could get Norway, Faeroes and Iceland to agree up here

    Jun 09th, 2012 - 05:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #6 Alaska isn't in Latin America. The Falklands are not in North America =)

    Jun 10th, 2012 - 11:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @9 Yes, we know. The Falklands are in the South Atlantic.

    Jun 10th, 2012 - 02:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • falklandlad

    @1, et al. There is a whale sanctuary around the Falklands, extending to the full 200 mile limit of the Falkland exlusive economic zone equivalent, or as locally referred to as the FICZ and FOCZ - interim (est 1986) and outer (est. 1990) fisheries conservation zones respectively. All whales are quite safe here and hundreds are seen annually feeding, migrating just offshore - a whale watching tourism industry in the making.

    Jun 10th, 2012 - 03:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Dean street

    Berkeley Sound,
    East Falklands
    Falkland Islands
    FIQQ 1ZZ

    Where else in the world can you sit on the beach six month a year and enjoy the whales song, just 100 yards away , as well as Albatross, Rockhopper, Gentoo, Magellanic Penguins, Commerson Dolphin, Giant Petrel, Fur Seals, Southern Sea Lions and many others?

    (And all this for free)

    Jun 11th, 2012 - 07:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Please send me a ticket and I will be there post haste. I even speak the language.
    I regret never having gone there, but everytime I check the air fare from Brize Norton I think they are trying to sell me the aircraft.
    I had a chance to go to S.Georgia/Falklands in 1962 for a 3 year tour of duty.
    I was a Customs and Excise Officer and they needed a volunteer to represent the UK Customs in the area. At the age of 20, it seemed a great adventure but my girl friend(wife) said if you go I won't be here when you return.
    So penguins and whale blubber did not seem so attractive with this ultimatum.

    Jun 13th, 2012 - 05:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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