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.
It is 29 years since I first went to the Faroe Islands to investigate the pilot whale hunt. We arrived in Fuglafjørður just as a pod of 54 had been killed. Even then, we were told that while people liked the pilot whale meat and blubber, they did not really need it.
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