Whale conservation

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Tue Jan 09 2001 - 08:04:54 EST


We dont know how many whales are harmed by various human activities, at
least not on a daily basis. And if you think about how much ocean there
is out there (a lot!) it's impossible to monitor everything, so with the
exception of a few populations we don't know as much as we need to. We
know that, for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale,
probably at least one animal a year is killed by a ship collision, and
many animals become entangled in fishing gear; most seem to survive, but
some don't.

As for hunting, these days it is mostly Japan and Norway who continue
whaling, and it is mostly the minke whale in the Antarctic and North
Pacific (Japan) and the NE Atlantic (Norway). The main product is meat,
but everything is used. There are also some native fisheries around the
world which still kill whales, usually on a subsistence basis. The
best-known is probably the Inuit (eskimo) hunt of bowhead whales in
Alaska, which has been going on for probably thousands of years. The
bowhead population in quetsion is doing well despite this.

Phil Clapham

Scott & Nida McClay wrote:
> Hi,
> Thank you for writing me back, and thank you for the web page it helped
> a lot. I have a question...About how many a day are whales being harmed or
> in danger with trash, whailing, drift nets and fishing nets. Why would they
> even hunt the whales, are the whale's blubber used for any better purpose
> than to serve us and make us happy? (do i even have that right)! Thanks
> again for SO much of your time I really appreciate it! is helping me out!
> Sincerely
> Kimberlee McClay
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Phillip J. Clapham" <pclapham@whsun1.wh.whoi.edu>
> To: "Scott & Nida McClay" <snmcclay@vrinter.net>; <pita@whale.wheelock.edu>
> Cc: <ask@wheelock.edu>
> Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2001 9:01 PM
> Subject: Whale conservation
> > Hi:
> > Thanks for your concern about the whales. The best thing you can do is
> get
> > in touch with one of the conservation organizations that deal with the
> > issues that you mention. Try the International Fund for Animal Welfare,
> > who have a nice web site at www.ifaw.org. Tey can probably send you
> > material if you ask them!
> >
> > Phil Clapham
> >
> >
> >
> >


Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

tel (508) 495-2316 fax (508) 495-2258 Internet: phillip.clapham@noaa.gov

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