Dumped meat?

In our No. 33 newsletter of January 2006, we estimated that "The amount of the whale meat from the Antarctic Ocean would be about 4,000 tons. " The figure had been calculated based on the number of whales and " the meat amount" per whale in past research whaling.

However, the Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) recently announced that the total amount of the whale meat in this season was 3, 435.8tons, of which the minke was 3168.7 tons, and the fin was 267.1 tons. Thus the minke was 500 tons lower than our estimation, 3,688t, which had been calculated based on annual data.

Usually, the average amount of the meat per minke is about 4.3 tons, but it was 3.7 tons in this season, decreased by nearly 600kg (14 %). Since nobody has talked about the possible shrinking of the whales, it looks as if some of the meat was dumped in the sea (!).

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"Whales are eating up all the fish" ? -- No way!!

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Let Me Have a Say on the Antarctic Scientific Research Whaling (JARPA II)

The International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) grants permits to take whales to the body who wishes to research whales, with the agreement of the contracting government of the convention which the body belongs to. As this treaty was written in 1946 when the whaling industry was in its peak, the "research" in the text referred to the voluntary scientific research in concurrent to the whaling activities that were taking place. As a result, nobody suspected that this treaty was going to be used as a loophole for taking whales for commercial purposes.

In 1986, the moratorium came into effect. The Japanese government took an advantage of this method, and launched a whaling operation that did not require the international agreement. 20 years have now passed since then- Japan has been

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Investigating the sale of whale meat -the "byproduct" of research whaling - Supply, Price and Inventory

Investigating the sale of whale meat -the "byproduct" of research whaling - Supply, Price and Inventory -(pdficon large10MB)

Opening Statement for the 55th IWC from IKAN

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Dolphin and Whale Action Network (IKAN) Opening Statement

IKAN is a dolphin and whale conservation group working mainly within Japan. As an island country, Japan has been nourished by the wealth of the surrounding waters for hundreds of years. The ocean, although sometimes referred to as the 'food factory' by the fishing industry, is not only providing us food, but also maintaining our moderate climate and the rich biomes.

However, to the generation that was disparately devoted to the nation's economical reconstruction after World War II, the natural resources, including marine organisms, only meant more exploitation for human proliferation. As a result,

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