Tagged: whaling

Murky waters: why is Japan still whaling in the Southern Ocean? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 23, 2017

By Indi Hodgson-Johnston, University of Tasmania Photographs allegedly showing Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean emerged this week. Coinciding with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia, critics have called for greater action from the Australian government on the issue. Japan has stated that, despite various resolutions at the International Whaling Commission and criticism … Read More

The new international whaling resolution will do little to stop Japan killing whales - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 02, 2016

By Indi Hodgson-Johnston, University of Tasmania Australia and New Zealand were claiming a conservation success this week, when their resolution against lethal “scientific” whaling was adopted at the International Whaling Commission’s biennial meeting in Slovenia. But in reality the non-binding decision will do little to stop Japan’s whaling program. This resolution aims to tighten the loophole … Read More

Whales still scarce after historic hunts - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 16, 2016

It took less than 150 years to decimate a population of the southern right whales around New Zealand and the species has yet to recover beyond a fraction of the pre-whaling size, genetic and historic data shows. Researchers at Oregon State University – including Scott Baker who is an adjunct professor at the University of Auckland – combined historic information on … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #2 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Apr 08, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. A double fracture in my daughter’s wrist followed by two mystery allergic reactions and a stomach bug for all means it’s a little past Friday, but we’ll just have to roll with it and temporarily suspend belief. Don’t do that with the science … Read More

Did Sea Shepherd do more harm than good? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 01, 2014

After years of vitriolic and dangerous clashes in Antarctic waters between Japanese whaling vessels and the Sea Shepherd fleet, the news came in decidedly dry legalese.  Remedies: Measures going beyond declaratory relief warranted. Japan required to revoke any extant authorization, permit or licence to kill, take or treat whales in relation to JARPA II and refrain from granting any further permits … Read More

Whaling for "Scientific Research" - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jul 13, 2012

I’m sure many people are, like myself, happy that South Korea has decided it will not be carrying out whaling for “scientific research.” Scientific research has been used by a number of nations to justify whaling, however, has anyone 1) seen such research published in a scientific journal? 2) seen an explanation of what the research is trying to find … Read More

Old ship log books dusted off for whale conservation - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 10, 2010

New Zealand and Australia are these days passionately opposed to commercial whaling, a stance that in recent weeks has put them at odds with significant trading partner Japan. But it wasn’t always that way – the 1830s and 1840s were the golden age of whaling in New Zealand and Australia as whalers, predominantly from America, took to our seas harpoon … Read More

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