Originally Posted by 4islands
Have you been to the web site of the Institute of Cetacean Research? They may have the kind of information you are looking for.
I have heard that there are over a million minke whales today. If that is a more or less accurate estimate, taking a couple of thousand from that reserve a year sounds sustainable, now that only a few countries are interested in whaling today. In fact, the Japanese Fishery Agency says that it will protect 98% of whales in the world, which sounds more than reasonable.
The research on the site you link to seems to confirm what I said. The research is all to gauge stocks and the possible sustainability of a fishery.
No planned fishery - no research needed - no whales need be killed.
Although all the whales killed for "research" were all sold for meat in Japan, so it was a commercial fishery all along anyhow. Seems I was a little wide-eyed and naive thinking there may have been some real "research" going on rather than just an annual look-see so the whalers could start killing again in earnest.
From the "Institute for Cetacean Research" website:
Japan's Whale Research: What's it all about?
Research. Basing decisions on fact, not fiction. Scientific research is an essential part of the conservation and management of all marine resources, including whales. The International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling requires that all of its regulations be based on scientific findings. In 1987 Japan established a scientific whale research program to study Southern Ocean Minke whales and the Antarctic ecosystem. This is the world's only long-term study providing information on the role of whales in the ecosystem and the effects of environmental changes on whales. A research program began in the North Pacific in 1994. If limited commercial capture of any species of whale is to be reintroduced it must be based on scientific evidence which proves there is no risk posed to that species' long-term numbers or status.
Other countries didn't need to carry out research as they didn't intend to start commercial whaling again.
As far as I'm concerned, this has only served to prove that the bogus research was designed to find a pre-defined end result.
Killing whales to research when is the best time to start killing whales for commercial gain is cynical and verging on the fraudulent as an excuse!
Thank you for drawing my attention to this website.
You still haven't given an answer to my previous question:
I am interested 4islands in why you support regulated whaling when the means of killing has been shown time and again to be the most barbaric manner of killing any animal for human consumption that there is?
Or do you not care? A further qusetion - what is your connection with the Japanese whaling industry?