Comments on: Humpback comeback: time to sharpen the harpoon? Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: david Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:02:19 +0000 There is nothing new in the argument that some species are plentiful and able to sustain some level of limited, conservative harvest under international oversight and control. It’s been well known for many years that there are also (some) hundreds of thousands of Antarctic minke whales, and even at times when there were agreed estimates of levels of current abundance, the anti-whaling mob at the IWC found excuses to justify their opposition to the taking of even a single one.

When hunts recommence once again, it does not mean that we go back in a time-warp and resume whaling at unsustainable levels all over again.

When hunts recommence once again, they will recommence on a very conservative basis, and one that is backed by rigorous scientific testing for robustness against a range of uncertainties, and in such a way as to ensure that the targeted whale populations are maintained at high levels of abundance so as to ensure catches are maximised over the long term. This is exactly what Norway has already been doing for the past 15 years, and as we see with this latest news, the minke whales that they are taking are not endangered inspite of it.

Some will argue that the whaling industry will seek out short term profits, rather than long term ones. But unlike other fishing industries, the whaling industry is not (any longer) over-capitalized. To avoid over-exploitation of whales is a lesson learnt back in the 20th century.

Thus, this Red List news is definitely not bad news for whale species, it is thoroughly positive for them. It is also positive for conservationists, the future whaling industry and consumers of whale products. The only people crying about it will be those that lack convincing arguments as to why whaling peoples should not be allowed to be whaling peoples.

It’s time to get out of the 1970’s, look at the realities today – the reason that some endangered whale species are failing to recover is for reasons with nothing to do with whaling. Arguments about whaling are counterproductive with respect to conserving the stocks that are in need of it today.

By: The Truth Is... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:10:03 +0000 No – give them ‘whale rights’ similar to human rights and let them live and thrive without being butchered.

They are one of the most amazing sea creatures with their own intricate lives to live.

Let them live!