NEWS OF INTEREST TO READERS OF STRANGE SEAS
"RIGHT WHALES TEETER ON THE BRINK"
28 NOVEMBER 2001: NEW SCIENTIST online:
The whale is one of the rarest mammals in the world and has been protected for more than 60 years since it was hunted almost to extinction. Fewer than 300 of these highly sociable animals are thought to exist in their north Atlantic habitat.
JAPAN SAYS "IT'S SAFE TO HARVEST MINKE WHALES FOR A CENTURY"
4 OCTOBER 2001: BBC Online (again!)
MEDITERRANEAN WHALE AND DOLPHIN SANCTUARY
28 SEPTEMBER 2001: Reuters
For background on this sanctuary, see the WWF story from February 2001, and the timeline history and map at the Tethys Research Institute. Well worth a further search, too, for some stories on other sanctuaries (as below).
MINISTRY TO EXAMINE RISK OF EATING CONTAMINATED WHALES
5 SEPTEMBER 2001: Japan Times Online
WHALE SANCTUARIES PLAN DEFEATED AGAIN
25 JULY 2001: BBC Online
WHALING BAN SURVIVES FOR ANOTHER YEAR
26 JULY 2001: BBC Online
"The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has put off a decision which could have opened the way for the ban's lifting." With new file pictures and additional story links.
ECO NEWSLETTERS DIRECTLY FROM THE IWC 23-27 JULY 2001
ECO is the daily newsletter reporting the happenings at theIWC, created by a number of organizations and put onthe web by the Earth Island Institute International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP).
Five issues of the ECO newsletter (HTML version) were published during the recent conference. They are rather strident and pointed, and also pretty funny in a cynical-money-politics kind of way. Go to the IMMP page and you'll see their links immediately.
"FOR WATCHING OR EATING" COMMENTARY FROM THE ECONOMIST
"26 JULY 2001: The battle for the whales resumed on July 23rd at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in London. Predictably, the gap between the killers and the savers failed to narrow. On one side are Japan, Norway and Iceland and their followers, which argue for an end to the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling.
. . . "Masayuki Komatsu, the head of Japan's fisheries agency, admitted just before the opening of the IWC conference that Japan had been using international aid to persuade some Caribbean countries to take its side on whaling issues. About a third of the IWC's 37 voting members appear favourable to Japan and Norway.
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"Mr Komatsu's reference to minke whales as “cockroaches of the ocean” has not helped either." More...
WORLD WILDLIFE FEDERATION: "LIMITED WHALING MAY BE THE BEST WE CAN GET"
25 JULY 2001: BBC Online
LATEST JAPANESE WHALING EXPEDITION NETS 158 WHALES
"Tokyo, Aug 6 AP - Japanese ships have returned from an expedition in the northwest Pacific with a quarry of 158 whales, 70 more than last year's hunt and with Bryde's and sperm whales added to the usual catch of minke, the government said Monday."
Places you can go on the Hidden Knowledge websites:
Strange Seas News page last updated 28 November 2001; NOT CURRENT