Norway’s 2020 Whaling Season is Deadliest in Years

Norwegian whalers slaughtered more whales in 2020 than in each of the last three years, according to statistics released today by the Fishermen’s Sales Organization (Råfisklaget). A total of 481 minke whales have been killed so far this year—52 more than last year—and the whaling season is still underway. >> read more …

Iceland: No Whaling this Summer

No whaling will be conducted in Icelandic waters this summer, Morgunblaðið reports. According to Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Iceland’s only whaling company, Hvalur hf., the main reason for this is tough market conditions in Japan. This will be the second year in a row that the company conducts no whaling. >> read more …

Rusland wil ondanks belofte weer orka’s en beloega’s vangen

Amper een half jaar na de vrijlating van de laatste walvissen uit de walvisgevangenis heeft Rusland alweer plannen om opnieuw orka’s, beloega’s, walrussen en andere zeezoogdieren te vangen. Dit bleek uit een openbare aankondiging van het VNIRO, het Russische onderzoeksinstituut voor visserij en oceanografie. >> lees verder …

Why was whaling so big in the 19th century?

Humans have long relied on whales for improving their lives. In the 19th century, whale populations were driven to the brink of extinction because of the demand for whale oil to light homes across America. >> read more …

Whaling in Japan

On July 1st 2019, Japan resumed commercial whaling after leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Japanese whaling vessels set sail to hunt a quota of 52 minke whales, 187 Bryde’s whales and 25 sei whales for this year. >> read more …