Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale

Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whaleIs it a blue whale or not? The slaughter in Iceland of what is claimed was a member of the endangered species has triggered outrage and left experts puzzled about its true identity. “There has not been a blue whale harpooned by anyone for the last 50 years until this one,” Sea Shepherd, an international non-profit marine conservation movement, said in a statement on Wednesday.


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Tensions rise as US border agents stop Canadian fishermen in disputed waters off Maine

Tensions rise as US border agents stop Canadian fishermen in disputed waters off MainePrimarily inhabited by nesting puffins, the islands of North Rock and Machias Seal remain the only disputed lands between US and Canada. Canada’s government is investigating reports that US border patrol officers have intercepted and questioned crew members on more than 20 Canadian vessels in disputed waters off the coast of Maine.


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Philippines asks China to stop coast guard from taking fishermen's catch in Scarborough

Philippines asks China to stop coast guard from taking fishermen's catch in ScarboroughThe Philippines said on Monday it has asked Beijing to stop the Chinese coast guard from taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in the disputed Scarborough Shoal, describing such actions as unacceptable. Local broadcaster GMA News last week aired a report that said Chinese coast guard patrols had made a habit of taking the best catches from fishermen in the area. The report included cellphone video reportedly taken by a Filipino fisherman in May that appeared to show two Chinese coast guard personnel boarding his boat and taking some of his catch.


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Philippines demands China stop taking fishermen's catch

Philippines demands China stop taking fishermen's catchThe Philippines on Monday demanded that China stop confiscating the catch of Filipino fishermen in the disputed South China Sea, calling the practice “unacceptable”. The remarks by President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman were a rare public rebuke from Manila, which has taken a non-confrontational approach with Beijing over the resource-rich waterway. China controls several reefs in the sea including Scarborough Shoal, which Beijing seized from Manila in 2012 and is just 230 kilometres (143 miles) from the main Philippine island of Luzon.


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