Subject: IWC: 4 countries to set up whale ma (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 13:24:10 -0400 (EDT)

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 98 16:17:00 GMT 
Subject: 4 countries to set up whale ma

4 countries to set up whale management committee

  TOKYO, April 14 (Kyodo) -- Japan has agreed with China, South Korea and
Russia to set up a committee for management of the whale population in
the northwestern Pacific, Japan's Fisheries Agency officials said
   The committee is intended to strengthen cooperation in research on
whale resources and promote whaling by forming a group of countries in
East Asia endorsing whaling, the officials said.
   At the same time, such cooperation appears to be politically motivated
to prevent passage of a proposition that Ireland is expected to put
forward at the next general assembly of the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) in May, industry sources said.
   Ireland is likely to propose that the high seas be made a sanctuary for
whales while whaling is permitted in coastal areas.
   At IWC meetings in the past, whaling countries like Japan and Norway
have stood opposed to antiwhaling countries such as the United States
and Australia.
   While stringent restrictions on whaling have been introduced at the IWC
such as a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982 and establishment of
the Antarctic Ocean as a whale sanctuary in 1994, Japan has been
insisting on sustainable whaling.
   Japan has conducted whaling in the Antarctic Ocean for what it claims
to be research purposes since 1987.