Subject: Case Study: Norwegian Minke Whaling: New Abundance Estimate Gives Higher Quota (Background) (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Wed, 8 May 1996 08:37:37 -0400 (EDT)

More data on Minke Whaling.
How does this affect your thinking on the subjects of whaling and data 
analysis?


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Subject: Norwegian Minke Whaling: New Abundance Estimate Gives Higher Quota (Background) (fwd)

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From: Georg Blichfeldt <highnor@telepost.no>
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Norwegian Minke Whaling: New Abundance Estimate Gives Higher Quota

07. May 1996: "The international group of scientists appointed by the
International Whaling  Commisson (IWC) Scientific Committee has reached
agreement on an estimate of a good  110,000 minke whales in the
North-East Atlantic," says professor Lars Wall=F8e, Norwegian
government scientific advisor on marine mammals, to High North Web News.

This information led to the Norwegian authorities on April 4 setting
this year's quota to 425 minke whales. "The quota could have been set
considerably higher," says Wall=F8e. The quota was established on basis o=
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the new quota calculation model developed by the IWC Scientific
Commission and recommended by the whaling commission itself. Over the
past three years, quotas have numbered between 230 and 300 minke whales.
This years hunting season opens May 20.

"The degree of certainty surrounding this new stock stimate, which is
based on the 1995 counting surveys, is far higher than that of the new
estimate based on the previous counts in 1988/89," says Wall=F8e. There
are several reasons for his, amongst them, the fact that the count was
carried out over the course of one single year, not two, but perhaps
more important is the fact that during last year's count more or less
continuous records were kept from two independent observer platforms
on each vessel. This makes it is easier to detect and take into account
variations regarding the various observer's ability to sight whales, and
to ascertain such variables as distance and angle in relation to the
vessel's course. It also provides a firmer basis for the establishment
of how large a percentage of whales within the counting sector are
actually seen.

The IWC Scientific Committee has been profoundly involved in the
development of the 1995 methodology, and the final arrangements for the
1995 counting survey and the establishment of international group of
scientists were approved by the Committee. International observers were
present on all vessels taking part in the count, including most of those
scientists who took part in the group that finally established the
estimate. The group is led by an Australian, and is otherwise composed
of 2 Britons, a South-African, three Americans and two Norwegians. The
group, that held its final meeting last week,will also submit a new,
revised estimate for the 1988/89 count to the Scientific Committee for
its meeting in Aberdeen in the beginning of June.

For further details: http:/www.highnorth.no