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William
05-22-2009, 02:49 AM
Here is todays news. Some stories like the ghost story might not be fish related but they are marine and felt worth reporting for different reasons.

Head of the International Whaling Commission steps down; leaving the question of “scientific whaling” unresolved

(http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/../news/lib/291)White Southern elephant seal found on Marion Island

(http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/../news/lib/292)“Extinct” Right whales making noises off the coast of Greenland

(http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/../news/lib/293)Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

(http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/../news/lib/294)Mammal brains polluted with dangerous man-made chemicals
(http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/../news/lib/295)
Are trawlers obliterating historic wrecks? (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/../news/lib/296)

(http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/../news/lib/296)

William
05-22-2009, 02:51 AM
might add that I am compensating a little today for missing a day earlier this week.

troy
05-22-2009, 02:52 AM
Good articles.

Red
05-22-2009, 03:48 AM
very good articles, glad the right whales are making a come back!

Tigerbarb
05-22-2009, 05:45 PM
Nice articles. Interesting.

Dave66
05-22-2009, 06:44 PM
I am very pleased the Right Whales are slowly rebounding from the massive slaughters of the 19th and 20th centuries, but wholly disgusted that Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to thumb their collective noses at the rest of the world and still slaughter whales.

Dave

Alfcea
05-22-2009, 10:51 PM
I am very pleased the Right Whales are slowly rebounding from the massive slaughters of the 19th and 20th centuries, but wholly disgusted that Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to thumb their collective noses at the rest of the world and still slaughter whales.

Dave

I am not Japanese, but my girlfriend is. My understanding is that whale hunting in Japan has been part of their culture for a really long time, and they do not over-hunt. They currently have strict control over how many whales (sex and age included) can be hunted in one season. They do not waste anything from them either. Everything from fat to meat to bones to hair is used. I certainly see no difference between hunting whales and hunting other wild animals.... Yes, we should be careful not to overhunt, but it is possible to do it without disturbing the ecosystem of which they form part...

... on the other hand, countries like the US keep "thumbing their noses to the rest of the world" too when, for example, keep an embargo to Cuba when all but three countries asked for its lift. In this case, the embargo hurts human beings. In the Japanese case, the whales are used for the benefit of human beings... and that is a huge difference.

Another case that comes to mind is the hunting of seals in Canada. Same story here. Inuit people need to hunt seals in order to survive the crude winters they have, or otherwise they freeze to death...

William
05-23-2009, 12:43 AM
I think you have a point as far at their huntiong of mink whales go. There are an estimated 900k-1million mink whales so the population should be able to withstand the limited japanese whaling. The hunting for other species is the problem.

You are right that they have a very long tradition of whaling but it is also a dying tradition that they are trying to keep alive artificial allthough they can't sell the meat from the limited hunt they do.

Perhaps a compromise could be reached that limit hunting to mink whales and that make every one happy and allow the whales to survive and continue to rebound.