1. House Passes Bill Unravels Standing Ocean Protection Act
2. Whalers are Accused of Killing Rare Blue Whale – First of its Kind to be Harpooned in more than 50 Years
Icelandic whalers appear to have killed an endangered blue whale before marketing it to be eaten as a delicacy in Japan. Photos of the massive mammal, which can grow to 33 meters long, were posted online by conservation groups claiming it was slain by Kristján Loftsson’s whaling company. The huge carcass was seen being hauled into port by the Hvalur 8 ship while tied to the side of the vessel before being dragged on to the dock on Saturday evening. Blue whales were almost hunted to extinction last century and there are only 10,000 to 25,000 left alive. One has not been slaughtered for more than 50 years.
As more countries depend on fish to feed their growing populations, waste from fishing operations is soaring, raising concerns over the sustainability of current fishing operations around the world. A third of the world’s fish stocks are overfished and about 35 percent of fish caught for food are never eaten. It’s predicted that hotter temperatures around the world will also drive fish away from warm tropical waters, where nations rely on seafood, according to a report released Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FA0) of the United Nations.