World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Japan: No Scientific Basis For Whale Sanctuaries

No Scientific Basis For Sanctuaries

Japan’s Commissioner to the IWC, Mr. Minoru Morimoto, said today that, “the decision to continue the sanctuary in the Antarctic contradicts science and the International Convention which requires that it’s regulations be based on scientific findings.”

Last year, the Commission brought outside experts to review the Southern Ocean sanctuary. These external reviewers concluded that: the Southern Ocean Sanctuary and IWC sanctuaries in general are not ecologically justified, that sanctuaries represented an excessively broad approach to conservation, whereby a large area is protected with little apparent rationale for boundary selection and management prescriptions within the sanctuary, and that they are more prohibitive than precautionary.

“These conclusions of the external reviewers highlight major flaws in the IWC’s approach to sanctuaries and support the position of Japan that the SOS should be abolished,” said Mr. Morimoto. “It also confirms our position that the establishment of the sanctuary in 1994 had no scientific basis and that it was therefore contrary to the International Whaling Convention,” he said.

Mr. Morimoto emphasized that the Commission’s Scientific Committee has confirmed that whale resources in the Antarctic are abundant and that these could be sustainably harvested. “There is no scientific reason why commercial whaling in the Antarctic cannot be resumed,” he said.

Mr. Morimoto also said that the Commission did the right thing in rejecting again proposals for new sanctuaries in the South Pacific and South Atlantic. “These proposals have been rejected time and time again because they lack any scientific basis and are not needed for conservation purposes,” he said.

Mr. Morimoto said that the position of Australia and New Zealand as well as that of Brazil in proposing these sanctuaries is “absurd”.

“The position that all whales should be protected irrespective of the status of stocks doesn’t belong in an organization whose objective is to provide for sustainable whaling – these countries are simply in the wrong place with the wrong view,” he said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news