Return-Path: <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Received: from flo.org by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (MX V3.1C) with SMTP; Fri, 20 May 1994 13:46:29 EDT Date: Fri, 20 May 1994 13:49:46 -0400 (EDT) From: WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org To: email@example.com Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Worth of Living Whale From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 20-MAY-1994 12:24:20.47 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Whales worth more alive... Date: Fri, 20 May 1994 09:09:50 PDT Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> From: email@example.com Subject: Whales worth more alive... To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> WHALES WORTH MORE ALIVE THAN DEAD - ECOLOGISTS LONDON, May 20 (Reuter) - Phenomenal growth in the number of whale-watching enthusiasts worldwide means that the mammals have more economic value alive than dead, a leading whale conservation body said on Friday. Estimates of the value of whale tourism were published by the British-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) ahead of next week's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Mexico. ``Whales are worth more alive than dead,'' the WDCS said in a statement. ``Today more than four million people are hooked on watching whales and dolphins, spending over 200 million pounds ($301 million) each year on tours,...souvenirs etc.'' Ten years ago fewer than one million people went whale watching, WDCS conservation director Alison Smith told Reuters. ``In Japan, the number of whale watchers rose by 75 percent between 1991 and 1992 and by a further 38 percent in 1993 with 26,579 tourists watching whales,'' the WDCS said. The group gauged that if hunters killed the population of 16 Bryde's whales found in Japanese waters around Ogasawara they would make $4.3 million at 1993 prices. If the same pod were preserved for tourism, total revenue over 15 years would come to around $41.4 million. A report by whale expert Erich Hoyt examining the whale watching industry in the United States, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland and Argentina showed that whale watching could transform local economies. The potential for growth in South America and the Caribbean was limitless, the report said. The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has warned that 12 species of great whales and 69 other species of whales and dolphins are endangered because of the effects of environmental pollution and whaling. ``The world's whales, dolphins and porpoises are threatened with absolute extinction within the next century unless action is taken now,'' the EIA said in a statement. A proposal to set up an Antarctic whale sanctuary, to be discussed at the IWC conference, was given further backing on Thursday when Denmark announced that it was to change its existing policy and vote in its favour. If the sanctuary comes into being commercial whaling in Antarctic waters south of 40 degrees latitude would be banned indefinitely.