Fishermen on a whaling ship depart from a port in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture on July 1st. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty Images

Five small ships sailed out of harbour on Monday in Japan’s first commercial whale hunt in more than three decades, a move that has aroused global con(...)

A Baird’s beaked whale is pulled out of the water at a slaughterhouse in Wada Port, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, July 30th 2009. Photograph: Frank Robinchon/EPA

Japan will resume commercial whaling from July in its waters and exclusive economic zone while ending its controversial hunts in the Antarctic, it sai(...)

Whaling ship Nisshin Maru, berths at a whaling festival in Kagoshima, Japan, in 2008. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan is considering leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume commercial hunts, its fisheries agency has said. The agency said of(...)

The Celtic Mist was donated by the Haughey family to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The late taoiseach Charles Haughey’s former yacht Celtic Mist is to leave Dublin Bay on Friday for its longest voyage north on a whale research trip t(...)

Japan has decided to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean by the end of March. File photograph: Thinkstock

Japan has decided to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean by the end of March after a hiatus since last year, a move likely to prompt internat(...)

Australia, with the support of New Zealand, has asked the International Court of Justice to withdraw all permits for future whale hunts from the Japanese fleet. Photograph: Greenpeace/PA Wire

Japan is using scientific research as an excuse to conduct commercial whaling in defiance of an international ban, Australia said yesterday at the sta(...)

Dolphins in the Shannon off Money Point, Co Clare. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The European Commission has asked the Government to explain why seismic surveying currently under way off the west coast is not subject to the (...)