No Tankers & No Pipeline

A number of local concerned citizens, including our team from OrcaLab, spoke to the Joint Review Panel (JRP) in Port Hardy on August 7/8th to express their concerns surrounding the much hotly debated Northern Gateway Pipeline project, as proposed by Enbridge.  It was inspiring to listen to varied individual perspectives and to witness the community […]

This is the end

IWC 2012 Day Five With apologies to The Doors, here are a few notes from the last day of IWC 2012: Monaco modified its strategy for involving the United Nations in the fate of migratory whales in the high seas, and withdrew its resolution.  The resolution was doomed from the start because of Japan’s opposition, […]

Stumbling towards the finish line

IWC 2012 Day Four Helena wanted me to call this piece “the only thing wrong with the IWC is whaling” but it seemed a bit long and I already had the above thought in my head.  Just the same, she does have a point.  There is so much good work being done, and great people […]

Oh say! can’t you see?

IWC 2012 Day Three This celebration day for the USA (July 4th) began with a report by the sub-committee on whale killing methods and welfare.  Yes, whale welfare has somehow crept into the room, in the guise of “time to death”.  Quite possibly, no one disputes the likelihood that suffering is prolonged if death is […]

Distant sounds of thunder

  IWC 2012 Day One One of the great things about Panama is the predictability of the weather.  When we got here, about the first thing we learned was that it rained at 4pm each day, with the rain accompanied by thunder and lightning, and that the downpour would stop as suddenly as it began.  […]

IWC 2011: afterthoughts – back to the brink

  One would never have known it, observing the celebratory scene in the room after the close of business on Day Four of IWC 63, as old friends and enemies said goodbye to one another for yet another year, but the International Whaling Commission passed through a watershed in Jersey.  I was so stunned and […]

IWC 2011 Day Three: moving molasses

It has been a very long time since I could end a day at an IWC meeting reporting something positive, apart from the camaraderie that accompanies these annual excursions into the world of real whale politik, as seen through the eyes of the vanishing breed called whalers, and newly minted whale lovers.  For about as […]

May there be Light: IWC 2011 opening thoughts

May there be Light: IWC 2011 opening thoughts Our work with whales ranges from the joyous to the patient to the intolerable.  The latter, intolerable, is a comment about numerous violations of fairness and reason on our blue planet, but here in particular about the International Whaling Commission (IWC) which was established in 1946 as […]

IWC 62 wrap-up: a bullet dodged

This year’s 62nd meeting of the International Whaling Commission, held in Agadir Morocco, will go down as a failed attempt to restart legally sanctioned commercial whaling.  The attempt occurred under the banner of saving some whales’ lives, and bringing some of the worst aspects of present-day whaling under IWC control.  Had the “deal” been agreed […]

It isn’t over

There was a palpable sense of relief today, at 6:43pm, when the 62nd Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission finally adjourned.  There was no decision about a venue for the next meeting.  It has been a long and difficult road.  This is not to say that Morocco, Agadir, the beach, the promenade, the sunset, […]