Is the new US Administration’s apparent negative attitude toward environmental protection an open door for renewed Japanese commercial whaling?
Unfazed by the results of this year´s meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which decided on a new process for so called “research” whaling, two Japanese whaling ships have left the port of Shimonoseki, Japan.
The fleet of four whaling vessels and a crew of 185 in total, intends killing 333 minke whales under the guise of research (the second phase of the Japanese research plan “NEWREP-A” launched in December 2015).
So IWC66 ends with a celebration of whale-themed ties, which, believe it or not, was won by a Japanese delegate. He was sporting a bright Moby Dick themed tie. so I guess that, as it’s a whaling themed tie, the individual concerned may be allowed back into Japan’s Far Seas Fisheries building where their whaling plans are hatched.
Agenda Item 19 Finance and Administration
The meeting opens slightly late due to technical difficulties.
As we mentioned yesterday, this is not a complete transcript but is intended to give a brief overview on the day's discussions. This is especially true today, when there was a break in the transmission from the meeting due to technical problems, so there may be gaps, for which we are sorry.
Agenda Item 10 Cetacean Habitat
10.1 State of Cetacean Environment (SOCER)
The Chair of the IWC Scientific Committee, Caterina, highlights elements of the Franciscana Action Plan.
This is not a full script, as whilst some comments are verbatim, others are paraphrased, but we endeavour to capture the essence of what was said.
The morning shift
So back to it, and the Chairman is asking for progress from drafting groups.
This is meant as a brief update on progress and hurdles this morning at IWC66 in Slovenia. We shall update when we get another gap between sessions.
IWC66/09 South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary
So Denmark has submitted its opening statement to the IWC and I guess the question is, have they learned their lesson since the last meeting? One reading of the statement would suggest that Denmark wants to ‘have their cake’, and, as the old saying goes, quite literally, ‘eat it’.