Brazil leads bid for South Atlantic Whale sanctuary

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Scientific consultations have begun in advance of this year’s International Whaling Commission meeting and so has the political manoeuvring both for and against whale conservation.

A broad alliance of Brazilian institutions, including the federal government, private and state owned corporations and nongovernmental organizations is resuming a drive to consolidate the South Atlantic Ocean as a zone free of whaling through the promotion of a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary.

Each year since 1998, Brazil has proposed a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary that would extend from the east coast of South America to the west coast of Africa.

The decision to continue pursuing the Sanctuary within the International Whaling Commission, despite opposition by the growing pro-whaling block, was announced Monday by the Brazilian Alternate Commissioner Jos