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First Sea Sanctuary for Whales, Dolphins Considered
| BY JENNIFER VIEGAS, Discovery News

The first permanent sea sanctuary for whales and dolphins could be located in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to marine mammal experts who are also still considering other locations. Interest in establishing a sea sanctuary for former captive cetaceans is ramping up, with a workshop on the matter to be held in December at the Society for Marine Mammalogy biennial conference in San Francisco. Read More >


Shameful Dolphin Killing in Taiji, Japan to Resume on Sept. 1
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

The notorious and cruel dolphin killing in Taiji, Japan, is scheduled to resume on September 1. But this season, there will be one major difference. After a 10-year campaign by Save Japan Dolphins, in concert with Australians for Dolphins, Sea Shepherd and other groups, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is finally cracking down on Japan aquariums that buy dolphins from the Taiji drive fishery. Read More >


2014 Annual Report - International Tuna Monitoring Report
| David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Thanks to your continued participation, Earth Island’s monitoring program continues to be one of the largest and most successful environmental monitoring programs in the world, encompassing 515 tuna companies, brokers, fishermen, and retail outlets in 71 countries. Our ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 organizational and environmental standards credentials have been renewed for another year by an independent outside accrediting agency, QMS, ensuring continued quality monitoring for tuna around the globe. Verifying the dolphin-safe operations of tuna companies around the world has been instrumental in the protection of dolphins and other marine life as well as providing consumer confidence in tuna products. We are proud of the work of our monitors and heartened by the hundreds of tuna companies that have honestly and diligently complied with the Dolphin Safe standards. Under ISO 9001 and 14001 standards, we have independent recognition of the quality of our work. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

18 wild-caught beluga whales from the Sea of Okhotsk may be imported into the United States to be kept in small concrete tanks. Over the past two years, eleven orcas were caught in the wild in the Sea of Okhotsk. Seven are believed to have been exported to a Chinese aquarium, while three others are now at the Moscow aquarium, the first orcas ever put on display in Russia. Take action with us now. Read More >


| Laura Bridgeman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Earth Island Institute interviews Chris Palmer, one of the world's foremost wildlife documentary filmmakers about dolphins, whales, and wildlife protection around the world. Read More >

| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

US Judicial Panel rules against an effort by SeaWorld to combine lawsuits against it for false advertising and transfer the cases to Orlando, Florida where their corporate offices are located. Read More >

Topics: SeaWorld

Save Angel the Albino Dolphin

Save The White Dolphin: Albino Dolphin “Angel” Stolen From Mother, Held Captive in Japan Aquarium Read More >

| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Earth Island Institute has intervened in the lawsuit to stop the inport of 18 wild beluga whales captured in Russia. The lawsuit is now in the hands of the judge. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

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