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Japan Kills 30 Whales in 1st Hunt Since ICJ Ruling

Japan has caught 30 whales off its northern coast in its first hunt since an international court ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic, officials said Friday. The Fisheries Agency said a coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales during the April-June season as part...
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Fugu--before you eat, know your chef!

Fugu--before you eat, know your chef! | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Most people don't consider the possibility of death a reality during their daily meal, but for those eating fugu, it's something that must be considered. Fugu is a Japanese pufferfish that contains enough poison to kill 30 people. The chefs who prepare this expensive Japanese delicacy must undergo years of training. Served in a stew, grilled or as paper-thin sashimi, any small mistake in preparation could mean an untimely end to the consumer. Those wishing to try this deadly delicacy should visit Japan during October to March when fugu is in season.

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Rare sea creatures coming up from the depths- Nikkei Asian Review

Rare sea creatures coming up from the depths- Nikkei Asian Review | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
TOKYO -- Creatures that normally dwell deep in the ocean are being caught with startling frequency in shallow waters off Japan. So far, marine biologi
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What has happened to the tsunami debris from Japan? | Science Codex

What has happened to the tsunami debris from Japan? | Science Codex | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The amount of debris in the ocean is growing exponentially, becoming more and more hazardous and harmful to marine life and therefore also to our ocean food source. Measuring and tracking the movements of such debris are still in their infancy. The
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High Mercury Levels Found in Dolphin Eaters - CBS News

High Mercury Levels Found in Dolphin Eaters - CBS News | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Residents of Japanese Village Were Portrayed in Oscar-Winning Film "The Cove" on Dolphin Hunting
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Managing declining fish stocks

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Japan lags behind other countries in the efforts toward sustainable management of fish stocks in its surrounding waters. Many of the species familiar to Japanese consumers such as bluefin tuna, ...
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Save the Dolphins: Boycott Japan?.

Save the Dolphins: Boycott Japan?. | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
We have received a great deal of international correspondence lately suggesting that we "Boycott Japan" as a strategy to solve the drive fisheries problem. Although we are not telling other NGOs what their strategy should be, I wanted to clarify that we think a boycott of Japan is a big mistake. Hav...
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PHOTO: Divers find deep cavern in Japan's longest underwater cave - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

PHOTO: Divers find deep cavern in Japan's longest underwater cave - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
BUNGO-ONO, Oita Prefecture--Divers have discovered a cavern of great proportions within the Inazumi Underwater Stalactite Cave here in southwestern Japan, believed to be the longest of its kind in the country.
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The Taiji Dolphin Controversy

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Every year in Taiji, Japan, fishermen drive dolphins into a secluded cove. The dolphins that are not captured and sold are typically slaughtered. Outrage over the dolphin drive hunting has exploded on social media.
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SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Japan's ama divers: still fishing after all these years

SCUBA SCOOP/latest dive stories: Japan's ama divers: still fishing after all these years | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Mieko Kitai takes a huge gulp of air as she surfaces from the clear, blue waters of Japan's Pacific coast with a large abalone in her hand.
Now in her 70s, the dive -- with nothing more than a mask -- does not get any easier and the pickings get slimmer with every passing year.
But she and her fellow "ama" divers reap the fruits of the sea in a way that has been practised in parts of Japan for thousands of years.

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