Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Victory and Defeat at the IWC

Victory and Defeat at the IWC

New Zealand’s delegation at the International Whaling Commission has been working hard this week, to stop whaling. The NZ-led resolution on scientific whaling won, with 35 countries voting for, 20 against and 5 abstentions.

Almost the same number of countries (31) spoke out to condemn NZ for not doing enough to protect our own Maui dolphins. Most of the countries who voted with us on scientific whaling voted against us on our lack of protection for Maui dolphin.

These 31 countries are consistent in their views on whale and dolphin conservation. They can see that if it’s important to protect several hundred thousand minke whales in the Southern Ocean (total world population about 1 million minke whales), then it’s even more important to save the last 55 Maui dolphins. For some reason, this logic escapes the NZ government.

While NZ was working hard to save whales at the IWC, the Minister of Conservation Nick Smith was undermining our international reputation by justifying the lack of Maui dolphin protection, to the NZ public, in terms of money and jobs: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y_eGtKritM

The sharp contradiction between what NZ says on the international stage and what we do in NZ waters is not going unnoticed internationally. Most countries are astonished that the same country trying to stop whaling is doing so little to protect its own dolphins. This is the third year in a row that the IWC has told NZ we are not doing enough to protect our Critically Endangered Maui dolphins.

So, once again it was bouquets and brick bats at the IWC. Maui dolphins are literally teetering on the brink of extinction and the main threat, dolphin deaths in fishing nets, is totally avoidable. The only obstacle is a lack of political will.

In this game of “you win some, you lose some” we stand to lose Maui dolphins within a couple of decades, unless the government implements the advice of the IWC.

-------------------

Dr Liz Slooten, Associate Professor, Zoology Department, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Mycoplasma Bovis: More Properties Positive

One of the latest infected properties is in the Hastings district, the other three are within a farming enterprise in Winton. The suspect property is near Ashburton. More>>

ALSO:

Manawatū Gorge Alternative: More Work Needed To Choose Route

“We are currently working closely and in partnership with local councils and other stakeholders to make the right long-term decision. It’s vital we have strong support on the new route as it will represent a very significant long-term investment and it will need to serve the region and the country for decades to come.” More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ: Super Fund Chief To Be New Reserve Bank Governor

Adrian Orr has been appointed as Reserve Bank Governor effective from 27 March 2018, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

ScoopPro: Helping PR Professionals Get More Out Of Scoop

Scoop.co.nz has been a fixture of New Zealand’s news and Public Relations infrastructure for over 18 years. However, without the financial assistance of those using Scoop in a professional context in key sectors such as Public Relations and media, Scoop will not be able to continue this service... More>>

Insurance: 2017 Worst Year On Record For Weather-Related Losses

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) announced today that 2017 has been the most expensive year on record for weather-related losses, with a total insured-losses value of more than $242 million. More>>

ALSO: