We traveled to Japan to release our new report, Toxic Catch: Japan's unsustainable and irresponsible whale, dolphin and porpoise hunts, to raise awareness around the harmful effects of these hunts including drastic population declines of wild cetaceans and threats to human health for people consuming meat and blubber.
I hate to see litter by the roadsides, but the accumulation of debris in the ocean is out of sight and therefore out of mind. My first research project at EIA focused on the impacts of marine debris on cetaceans. I was alarmed to read that 6.4 million tonnes of litter is dumped in oceans every year
A resolution was proposed by Monaco on highly migratory cetaceans in the high seas. It sought to increase the synergy between the IWC and the United Nations on the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) and to focus UN attention on the whaling carried out in these waters despite the moratorium