Case Study: Japan Whaling and the IWC

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 21 May 1995 21:19:29

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20-May-95 06:39 pm Regular  International
 
JAPAN TO RAISE MINKE WHALE CATCH: REPORT
 
 
   Tokyo, May 20 AFP - Japan has told the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) of a plan to boost the number of minke whales it
catches this year in a sanctuary around the Antarctic, Kyodo News
Service said today.
   The news agency, quoting government sources, said the plan was in
a document presented to a meeting of the IWC's Scientific Committee
in Dublin.
   The plan is certain to draw opposition from the anti-whaling
lobby at an IWC assembly which begins on May 29, Kyodo said.
   Japan is a member of the IWC, which banned commercial whaling in
1985 but still permits a limited form of non-commercial whaling for
scientific purposes.
   Under the plan, Japan intends to catch about 100 minke whales in
an area near where it already carries out scientific whaling within
a Southern Ocean whaling sanctuary declared by the IWC last year.
   The sanctuary bars all commercial whalers from the Antarctic
Ocean south of 40 degrees south latitude and in some areas below the
60th parallel.
   The document said that the increased catch was necessary to
gather more accurate data on the number of whales as well as the
effects of the marine ecosystem, pollution, parasites and
environmental change.
 
 
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