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Captivity Industry: Top News

What I’ve Learned about Myself through IMMP
| Miranda Rankin

Thoughts from an International Marine Mammal Project intern. Read More >


Hundreds of Wild Dolphins Held in the Cove - Watch
| Mark J. Palmer

the total number of captive dolphins now being held is still almost twice as high as the number of bottlenose caught last season. Read More >


Ringling Brothers Circus to Close; No More Animal Acts
| Mark J. Palmer

The venerable (and long-protested) Ringling Brothers, and Barnum & Baily Circus has announced that it will close after 146 years of touring the United States. Read More >


Key Accomplishments in 2016
| Mark J. Palmer

2016 proved to be a year of many accomplishments for whales and dolphins. The International Marine Mammal Project was kept busy. Read More >


Barcelona Shutting Down Its Dolphinarium!
| Laura Bridgeman

Barcelona has decided to shut down it's dolphinarium and explore retirement options. Read More >


40 Namibian Environmental Groups Petition China to Stop Exploitation of Wildlife
| Mark J. Palmer

A group of 40 Namibian environmental organizations delivered an Open Letter to the Ambassador of China on December 21, 2016. The letter criticizes the Chinese government’s lack of action against poaching operations ongoing in Namibia perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Read More >


Success? Company Supposedly Withdraws Application To Destroy Namibian Coastal Ecosystems

The power of the people just won another huge victory: the companies that applied for a permit to capture hundreds of dolphins, whales and other marine animals in Namibian waters off Africa have announced that they will no longer pursue approval for the permit. Read More >


Vancouver Aquarium’s Case For Captive Whales Flounders
| Jeff Matthews

Unable to pinpoint a specific cause for the deaths of their last two remaining belugas, the aquarium was left to speculate. And speculate they did, deftly pointing their finger at the critics of whale captivity that have been an ever-present thorn in their side. Read More >


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Campaign Top News

International Marine Mammal Project >
  • As carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, the oceans become more and more acidic, with devastating impacts on krill, corals, diatoms and other species at the base of the oceanic food chain, upon which dolphins and whales depend.
    - By Audrey Evangeline Lee
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has Listed the Dolphin Killing Tuna Industry of Mexico as "Sustainable" But a UK Audit Questions Their Standards
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Russian Conservationists and Experts Inspect Conditions in Russia's "Whale Prison", Raising Concerns About the Health and Well Being of 87 Beluga Whales and 11 Orcas
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Save Japan Dolphins >
  • As documented in "The Cove", dolphins continue to be horribly slaughtered while the dolphin hunters get top dollar for live trained dolphins, ripped from their families.
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Taiji is not the only place that dolphin hunts occur in Japan. In northern Japan ports, Dall's porpoises are harpooned for their meat.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Dolphin + Whale Project >
  • As carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, the oceans become more and more acidic, with devastating impacts on krill, corals, diatoms and other species at the base of the oceanic food chain, upon which dolphins and whales depend.
    - By Audrey Evangeline Lee
  • Japan announces they will no longer kill whales in the Antarctic Ocean, a cause for celebration, but also they will drop out of the IWC and start commercial whaling within its 200 mile zone, bad news for those whales and dolphins.
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Keiko Whale Rescue >
Freeing Whales & Dolphins from Captivity >
Dolphin Safe Fishing >
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has Listed the Dolphin Killing Tuna Industry of Mexico as "Sustainable" But a UK Audit Questions Their Standards
    - By Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute has achieved some major goals in protecting whales and dolphins in 2018. Looking forward to continuing our efforts in the new year.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • After ten years of litigation, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has concluded that the US Dolphin Safe tuna label should remain strong, and not be weakened to allow Mexican tuna, stained by the blood of dolphins, to be falsely labeled "Dolphin Safe". A huge victory!
    - Mark J. Palmer, Associate Director, International Marine Mammal Project