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Amid concerns about tourist boats getting too close and scaring whales, tough questions are being asked about how the magnificent marine mammals are to be protected for the future. Link to full article below.
New research from northern Tonga is showing that tourism is disturbing the natural behaviour of Humpback whales. Humpbacks winter-over in Vava'u to give birth and mate before heading back to summer feeding grounds off Antarctica. Click on the...
Japan began commercial whaling Monday following a 30-year ban, after the country announced it would pull out of the International Whaling Commission late last year. As the first five boats left Kushiro, a northern Japanese port on the first day...
For years, Japan exploited a loophole in international rules to continue hunting whales despite being a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) bound by the commercial whaling moratorium that went into effect in 1986. The country has...
After a controversial withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission last year, Japan is unfortunately poised to resume commercial whaling after a gap of over 30 years. Come July 1, and a fleet of five vessels will set off from Abashiro port...
Japanese whaling vessels launched on Saturday the last round of what Japan calls scientific research off the Pacific coast ahead of the country's pullout from the International Whaling Commission next month for commercial hunting. Click on the link...
The Environment Ministry is currently conducting research on whales tooth commonly known as “Tabua.” Click on the link below to read the full article. 
A persistent mass of warm water in the Arctic provided a preview of how climate change may impact humpback whales. Click on the link below to read the full article. 
A frequent NOAA Fisheries collaborator, Lars Bejder’s research has helped us better understand tourism’s effects on marine mammals. Click on the link below to read the full article. 
Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures...Click on the link below to read the full article.