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Navy: Training May Kill Hundreds Of Dolphins, Whales

31 Aug

Tenby Audrey McAvoy / Huffington Post

HONOLULU — Navy training and testing could inadvertently kill hundreds of whales and dolphins and injure thousands over the next five years, mostly as a result of detonating explosives underwater, according to two environmental impact statements released by the military Friday.

The Navy said that the studies focused on waters off the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California and Hawaii from 2014 through 2019, the main areas that the service branch tests equipment and trains sailors.

The studies were done ahead of the Navy applying to the National Marine Fisheries Service for permits for its activities. The Navy said that it if hadn’t done so and was later found to have harmed marine mammals, it would be found in violation of federal environmental law and have to stop its training and testing.

Most of the deaths would come from explosives, though some might come from testing sonar or animals being hit by ships.

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Pilot Whale and Dolphin Slaughter in the Faroe Islands

25 Aug

by Erwin Vermeulen / Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

On August 13th, 135 long-finned pilot whales were brutally slaughtered in Húsavík.

On August 13th, 135 long-finned pilot whales were brutally slaughtered in Húsavík.

It’s been an extremely bloody few weeks in the Ferocious Isles, even by Faroese standards. On August 8, 107 Long-finned Pilot whales were slaughtered in Sandavágur. On August 11, 21 were butchered in Leynar and on the 13th, 135 lost their lives in Húsavík.

The grind(adrap), as the Pilot whale drive is called, has a recorded history since 1584. There are 23 whaling bays assigned to six districts in which the meat and blubber are divided among the population. A drive is initiated when fishermen or ferries offshore sight dolphins. The dolphins are driven into a bay with boats and even jet skis and pulled up onto the beach with a hook in the blowhole. Then the spinal cord is cut with a knife.

The Húsavík massacre on the 13th was not the only one that took place that day. In Hvalba, the incredibly high number of 430 Atlantic White-sided dolphins were driven into ‘whale bay’ and brutally murdered. Some people might be surprised to hear that these islanders are targeting species other than Pilot whales, but they have always hunted smaller dolphins, especially in Hvalba. They last killed Atlantic White-sided dolphins in Hvalba in August 2010 and Risso’s dolphins earlier that year in April. Oravik took 100 Atlantic White-sided dolphins in August 2009. That same month, Hvalba killed two Northern Bottlenose whales that were reported as stranded, and a month later Klaksvik took three Risso’s. In June 1978 that town even butchered 31 Orcas.

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Mysterious Die-offs in Florida Lagoon

20 Jun

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan / Discovery News

Florida manatee. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida manatee. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At least 111 manatees, 300 pelicans, and 46 dolphins — emaciated to the point of skin and bones — were all found dead in America’s most biologically diverse estuary.

Something is seriously wrong. The northern stretches of the Indian River Lagoon of Florida has a mass murder mystery that biologists are racing to figure out. The lagoon contains more species than anywhere else in the U.S. It is a barrier island complex stretching across 40 percent of Florida’s coast, around Cape Canaveral, and consisting of the Mosquito Lagoon, the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon.

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Wave of protests “sink” super trawlers off the coast of Tasmania

12 Sep

“People power” has sunk the planned operations of the super trawler Abel Tasman, formerly known as FV Margiris. Photo from The Mercury

What started as a ripple of concern over the pending arrival of a super trawler to be based in Devonport, Tasmania, soon became “a wave of outrage,” according to an article today in the Mercury.

Tasmanian fishermen started the murmur of discontent over the plans for one company and its massive ship to be able to take 18,000 tonnes of jack mackerel and redbait out of the fishery. Yesterday, the trawler was put on hold indefinitely.

Concerns about by-catch such as seals, dolphins and sea birds were raised, along with worries that local fish stocks would be depleted as the super trawler made its way through a 3.2 million sq km fishing zone.

There have been protests and flotillas, and more than 55,000 people signed a petition against the super trawler.

Opposition to the super trawler plans came from a very broad cross-section of the community. Recreational fishers, commercial fishers, conservationists, state and federal politicians and members of the public joined forces against the massive ship.

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