Monday, March 31, 2014

BREAKING: Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

Anti-whaling activists filmed Japanese whaling ships in January this year

The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.
It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.
Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it "regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision".
Australia argued that the programme was commercial whaling in disguise.
The court's decision is considered legally binding.
Japan had argued that the suit brought by Australia was an attempt to impose its cultural norms on Japan.
Science 'myth'
Reading out the judgement on Monday, Presiding Judge Peter Tomka said the court had decided, by 12 votes to four, that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic and refrain from issuing any new ones.
It said Japan had caught some 3,600 minke whales since its current programme began in 2005, but the scientific output was limited.
Japan signed up to a moratorium on whaling in 1986, but continued whaling in the north and south Pacific under provisions that allowed for scientific research. Norway and Iceland rejected the provision and continued commercial whaling.

Japan has clashed repeatedly with Australia and some other western countries, which strongly oppose whaling on conservation grounds.
The meat from the slaughtered whales is sold commercially in Japan.
Japan has argued that minke whales and a number of other species are plentiful and that its whaling activities are sustainable.
A spokesman for Greenpeace UK, Willie MacKenzie, welcomed the ICJ's decision.
"The myth that this hunt was in any way scientific can now be dismissed once and for all," he said.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

JOBS: Volunteers required to assist with a study of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Northland, New Zealand

Mother and juvenile bottlenose dolphins head t...
Mother and juvenile bottlenose dolphins
head to the seafloor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Coastal-Marine Research Group (C-MRG -
was established under the auspices of the Institute of Natural and
Mathematical Sciences (INMS) <> at Massey
University, Albany, New Zealand in 2000. Since then, both its staff
<> and postgraduate students
<> have undertaken marine
mammal research within and beyond New Zealand waters, concentrating
specifically on conservation and management orientated questions.

GRAD STUDIES: MS Research Assistantship to study risk of collision between boats and marine mammals

University of Florida
University of Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MS Research Assistantship to study risk of collision between boats and
marine mammals.

We are recruiting a MS student for the fall of 2014 to study risk of
collision between boats and marine mammals. The student would join the
department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of
Florida, and would be co-advised by Dr. Julien Martin (Research
Scientist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)) and
Dr. Robert Fletcher (Associate Professor, University of Florida). This
partnership between the University of Florida and FWC provides a unique
opportunity for a student interested in contributing to the integration
of science and management. The student will spend time at both the
University of Florida in Gainesville and the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute in St Petersburg, FL.


An aerial view of a bubble net created by feed...
An aerial view of a bubble net created by feeding humpback whales off Cape Fanshaw, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Lab at the University of Queensland is seeking expressions of interest from volunteers for a five-and-a-half  week behavioural response study (BRS) on humpback whales from September 19 to October 26 this year. The study will examine how humpback whale behaviour is affected by noise from seismic air guns. It is the fourth and last in a series of experiments, known as the Behavioural Responses of Australian Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS) project, thathas been examining this issue since 2010 in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Curtin University, the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, the University of Newcastle and Blue Planet Marine.

The 2014 study will once again be conducted at Peregian Beach on the
Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane, and follows several successful

JOBS: Volunteer Office Manager position in Namibia

de: Wappen von Walfischbucht, Namibia en: Coat...
de: Wappen von Walfischbucht, Namibia en: Coat of arms of Walvis Bay, Namibia > In Utrumque Paratus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Namibian Dolphin Project is currently seeking an independent,
outgoing and trustworthy volunteer to manage the Namibian Dolphin
Project office while the team undertakes fieldwork in Lüderitz . We are
seeking someone from March to May 2014, which will include one month
working with us in Walvis Bay and 2 months working independently as the
responsible office manager. Core working hours are 7:30-1pm.

The role will include:
* Engaging with the public
* Minor Administration
* Desk top research work on dolphins, for example photo-identification,
data organisation
* Production of education and outreach materials relating to marine life
* Fundraising

During April-May you will be expected to represent the Namibian Dolphin
Project in Walvis Bay and attend to strandings and public concerns, as
and when they arise.

This volunteer position is well suited to someone with an interest in
the environment who can work independently. It would suit a post
graduate seeking extra work experience or (as the hours are mainly in
the morning) a scientist looking for a quite place to gain inspiration
while writing papers/grant applications etc. If interested, please
contact Dr Tess Gridley on:
<>. For more information about the
project please refer to the
<> or blog.

The Namibian Dolphin Project Team

Simon Elwen Ph.D. Research Fellow at the Mammal Research
Institute, University of Pretoria

Based in: Walvis Bay - Namibia. Phone: +264 81 421 4968 (mob Namibia)
+27 71 139 5951 (Mob SA)

Namibian Dolphin Project:

NARWC: Online Image Gallery and Blog request

The distinctive V-shaped blow of a right whale.
The distinctive V-shaped blow of a right whale. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an effort to generate public awareness on recent research, policy
changes and work being done to protect the North Atlantic Right Whale
(NARW), the NARWC Education Committee is currently preparing two
outreach efforts: an online photo gallery and Facebook blog series
called /Eubalaena Blog-ialis/ to increase public awareness regarding
issues facing the NARW.

We are soliciting photos of NARW entanglements, ship strike and necropsies. We are also looking for more positive images such a mother calf pairs, feeding, displays of behavior, etc. Please include any
information you have to accompany images such as where and when they were taken. Please also feel free to share any stories to accompany the photos. All images will be given photo credit. Remember to include permit number when submitting images and send as attached jpegs. Images
will be watermarked with the NARWC logo for security.