^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 617.566.7369 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 5 Mar 1997 09:44:21 +0100 From: Rune Frovik <email@example.com> To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Subject: "Final Solution" Dear Marmamers, Please find enclosed a news article from the High North Web News concerning IWC-Secretary Gambell's proposed solution to the IWC's stalemate. Yours sincerely Rune Frovik, High North Alliance, Rune@highnorth.no International Whaling Commission's Stalemate: Secretary Gambell Proposes "Final Solution" High North Web News (3 Mar. 1997): At a conference in Reykjavik 1. March, the Secretary to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Ray Gambell, expressed optimism concerning the possibility to reach a "final solution" to the Commission's present stalemate. Gambell's proposal for a "final solution" is to permit "traditional and cultural" whaling activities within the 200 nautical miles EEZs, combined with no whaling on the high seas. When questioned on the specific content of the term "traditional and cultural whaling", Gambell was not willing to specify what he had in mind. But from what is already stated in his lecture it is clear that his proposal would also allow commercial whaling. The proposal would "reflect the economic realities" and allow those communities wishing to "maintain and continue" their "traditional and cultural" whaling activities to do so, he said. In the subsequent debate the representatives of the whaling interests did not share Gambell's optimism. "It is inconceivable that the IWC-majority will accept such a compromise. Countries like Australia, New Zealand, USA and UK have committed themselves so strongly to end commercial whaling that it is hard to believe that they suddenly will change their policy," the secretary of the High North Alliance, Georg Blichfeldt, stated. Gambell explained that his optimism was based on the closed and informal IWC-commissioners meeting in Grenada in January. For information about the Grenada meeting please see High North Web News articles from 19 December 1996 and 26 November 1996.