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ERRONEOUS Decision to Delist Humpback Whales

No to Delisting Humpback Whales
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News media are reporting that the United States Federal authorities (National Marine Fisheries Service) have taken most humpback whales off the endangered species list, saying their numbers have recovered through international efforts to protect the giant mammals.

The US decision to delist Humpback whales is based on a new erroneous theory that there are 14 Humpback Whale populations in the worlds oceans and although that may appear true today, historically, there were only TWO populations i.e. Southern & Northern Hemisphere. By creating 14 individual Humpback populations the US NMFA has "juggled the books" and manufactured this misguided plan based upon ficticious Humpback Whale Distinct Population Segements (DPS) that it devised in 1996.

A Whalemeat DNA study by marine biologists at Stanford University in California, found that the genetic diversity of whales is so large that it can only mean that past population sizes were much bigger than anyone had estimated. The analysis of humpback whale DNA, enabled the marine biologists to estimate the past population size of breeding females alone must have been between 125,000 and 250,000 individuals and since mature breeding females make up about one sixth to one eighth of a whale population, these numbers suggest a global humpback whale population size [in the past] of about 750,000 to 2 million animals.

We calculate 64% to 74% of Humpback whales are missing from the Southern Hemisphere today... but "Today's news is a true ecological success story," said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. She hopes we will believe her. . . ERRONEOUS Decision to Delist Humpback Whales

Humpback Whale Entangled in Shark Net

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A young whale has been set free by a Marine Rescue Team after becoming trapped in a shark net off Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Video shows rescuers working to free the young whale from the net, as its mother keeps close watch.

The humpback whale and her calf became entangled in the shark net as debate about using the nets continue.

Rescuers worked together using specialised cutting equipment while the mother whale kept her four-metre calf near the surface.

"After a few cuts the net was removed from around its head and pectoral fin and the four-metre juvenile whale was soon on its way," Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause said.

It is the sixth whale this migration season to be caught in shark nets in Queensland, according to Mr Krause.

Is that All We get from the Australian Prime Minister... Disappointed?

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he is "very disappointed" by Japan's decision to resume Antarctic whaling.

Japan's whaling is no longer a 'disappointment' or an 'emotional issue'. No longer are Japan's actions a 'difference of opinion' or about 'vested interests' or 'friendship', as has been said endlessly. Japan's actions are CRIMINAL since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2014 ruled Japan's slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean was NOT SCIENTIFIC and had to stop. In the Australian Federal Court the Humane Society International (HSI) with help from the Environmental Defender's Office fought and won a case against the Japanese company Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha with evidence that on four occasions the whaling company caught minke whales within waters off Antarctica that are designated as a whale sanctuary by Australian environmental law. Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha was fined A$1,000,000

Chief Executive Michael Kennedy (HSI) says, "Japan always claimed it was doing its work legally. Well our court case in 2004 and the ICJ in 2014 proves that nothing they do in our view is at all legal."

It is time to act. The Australian Government must stand up and stop the whalers who are poaches heading to a Whale Sanctuary to murder and butcher the animals the Sanctuary protects. These poaches in their Factory Ship, the Nisshin Maru, must be turned back to Japan without killing one whale.

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Taiji, Japan Dolphin Slaughter

Taiji, Japan Dolphin Slaughter
Fishermen corral and slaughter dolphins

In the remote village of Taiji, Japan a team of activists and filmakers witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.

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"The world today will either be stepping forward into an era where conservation and the environment really matter, or it will be stepping back into the Dark Ages, where the people of the world think that the slaughter of whales using grenades, electric lances and shooting them with rifles is something that we should accept.Ian Campbell, Australian Environment Minister - 57th IWC AGM, Monday, June 20, 2005

"If all nations in the world took 1000 whales each year, the stocks would soon be exhausted. What gives one nation the right to a larger portion of the resources of the planet that all nations hold in common?"
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, NZ Commissioner to the IWC. Japan must be expelled from the IWC

World's Oceans once Teemed with Whales

Oceans once teemed with whales

The oceans once teemed with many more now endangered marine mammals than previously thought, new genetic studies of whales suggest.

Whalemeat samples bought from a Japanese sushi market and analysed by scientists indicate that experts have seriously underestimated the size of the populations that roamed the seas before industrial- scale hunting began more than a century ago. The numbers of some species may have been 10 times greater than previously calculated.

The findings refute suggestions by whaling nations such as Japan that a resumption of hunting is justified by the increase of many whale populations beyond their natural size, the researchers said. . . Dolphin Drive returns to Futo, Japan

Norway's Whaling Defies Logic

Norway maintains its quota of previous years to hunt up to 1,286 whales in its waters in 2015, despite whalers repeatedly catching less than the limit.

Despite declining sales, government subsidies continue to keep a small number of fishermen hunting in the summer. While whaling is unnecessary, uneconomical and unquestionably cruel Norway has aggressively fought to retain its right to hunt whales.

In Norway, where whale meat used to be considered a poor man's dish, whalers struggled to reach the quota in 2014 with only 729 whales harpooned, according to official data.

The hunting season goes from April 1 to September 30.

Norwegian whaling ship with a minke whale butchered on deck
Norwegian whaling ship with a minke whale butchered on deck. Photo: WSPA/EIA
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Frozen in Time

How Modern Norway Clings to its Whaling Past

Produced by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), OceanCare and Pro-Wildlife, details Norway's undermining of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ban on commercial whaling and exposes the growth of its overseas trade in whale products

Norway whale kill graph
Whales killed annually since Norway resumed commercial whaling

Norwegians should NOT kill Minke whales

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The 'Grindadrap' - Faroe Islands Declare WAR on Whales

Video: Ross McCall - Actor, screenwriter, filmmaker, activist

More than 1000 long-finned pilot whales are killed in the Faroese Islands, a Danish protectorate, every year by wealthy islanders, who have no subsistence need for whale meat but to consume it as a cultural prerogative.

The hunt, known as a "grind," is horrifically cruel. North Atlantic and migratory North Sea Pilot whales are driven into shore by fishing boats, then roped and hauled on until they beach themselves.

Actor Ross McCall, in his Huffington Post article says, "Truthfully, I've looked, I've listened. I've allowed people to voice their side. A high percentage claim to be indifferent about the Grind. Fine if it continues, fine if it ends. But, for the staunch supporters, it ultimately comes down to the fact that this is something the whalers and locals enjoy. Something that gets the aggression out. And something they seem petrified of letting go". . . Faroe Islands Grind

Japan MUST be Expelled from the IWC

When it comes down to the smooth running of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and it's orderly administration which country is the most disruptive? Which country gives aid money for votes? Which country takes up far too much time at meetings? Which country consistantlyignores the wishes of the Commission? Which country still kills whales?


When it comes down to who wants to kill whales, on a per capita basis, the details are quite astounding. It makes one wonder how a small group of people can disrupt a perfectly good international organisation and simply "buck the system". . . Japan must be expelled from the IWC

International Anti-whaling Campaign

The Whalewatch report, Troubled Waters, was published March 9th to mark the start of the global campaign against whaling.

Britain's best-known naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, stresses the point in his foreword to the report. "The following pages contain hard scientific dispassionate evidence that there is no humane way to kill a whale at sea," says the broadcaster.

JOIN the 'Whalewatch' campaign and add your voice to an unprecedented coalition of over 140 conservation organisations (NGO's) from more than 55 countries lobbying the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to call a halt to all commercial and scientific whaling operations, maintain the current ban on commercial whaling and bring the issue of cruelty back to the fore . . .Anti-whaling Campaign

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Whales are Not the Major Causes of Dwindling Fish Stocks

Humpback feeding

N.O.A.A. US Department of Commerce

Do whales and other marine mammals compete with humans for fisheries resources? Should whales be hunted to save fish stocks? Today's marine science community has enough expertise and experience with the complex ocean ecosystem to recognise that the "competition" claim is oversimplified and the hunting proposal is biologically unsound.

As a whole, whales do not eat "large quantities of fish as food," nor do they threaten the health of the world's limited marine fish resources. Some whale species do prey on fish, but often on fish that humans do not consume. In truth, humans are primarily responsible for fisheries declines. It is humans who continue to threaten the world's stocks through overfishing and reluctance to allow stocks to naturally replenish . . .Whales are Not the Major Causes of Dwindling Fish Stocks

Japan Fights Whale Conservation Measure

Japan Fights Whale Conservation

The International Whaling Commission opened its annual meeting in Berlin under the threat of a Japanese walkout if the Commission adopts a hotly contested measure designed to improve whale protection.

The latest clash between pro-whaling nations and those pushing for more conservation involves a 31-page proposal to form a committee charged with "strengthening the conservation agenda" within the 50-nation whaling commission.

The 19 sponsors of the "Berlin Initiative" include the United States, Britain and Australia. The measure calls for working with global wildlife groups to better protect the marine mammals. Japan says the proposal focuses too much on conservation at the expense of sustainable harvests. The meeting began with an argument between the commission's pro- and anti-whaling factions over whether it should be dropped from the agenda altogether . . . Japan Fights Whale Conservation

Japan should NOT kill porpoises to eat
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Say NO to Navy Noise

US Navy Protester
Eco-activist Diana Mann
Photo by Jack Gould

Low frequency active sonar is based on very low frequency sound [100-1000 Hz] can travel great distances and detect quiet submarines. The system uses intense sound. The US Navy has given a figure of sounds as loud as 235 decibels generated by massive sound transmitters towed behind TAGOS-class ships. The noise level of a jet engine is about 120 decibels.

A NATO LFA exercise in 1998 left numerous dead beaked whales on the coast of Greece. LFA testing off the Island of Hawaii in 1998 caused humpback whales to leave the test area, apparently resulted in separation of whale and dolphin calves from their mothers, and injured a snorkeler in the water. . . Say NO to Navy Noise

US Navy/WHOI LFAS Research Exposed - Lanny Sinkin

18 Countries Call on Japan to End Scientific Whaling

Japanese Whalers in Antarctica

Australia joined 17 other countries in making a demarche to Japan opposing its scientific whaling program.

The demarche sets out our strong concerns about Japan's continuing program of lethal whaling. Australia is disappointed that Japan is now expanding its program of whaling in the North Pacific to include another species, the Sei whale.

There is ample evidence that the scientific objectives of Japan's research program could be achieved using non-lethal means. . . 18 Countries Call on Japan to End Scientific Whaling

Gray Whale Numbers Shrink by Thousands

Gray Whale

The population of Eastern North Pacific gray whales has dropped in the past four years from an estimated high of more than 26,000 to less than 18,000, alarming environmentalists but drawing no major concern from federal scientists who monitor the once-endangered whales.

Environmentalists see the drop as a sign that the whale's population is still threatened by hunting, pollution, climate change and dwindling food supplies. . . Gray Whale Numbers Shrink by Thousands

CAUTION: Whale meat is hazardous to your health

Health Hazard

That message to Japan's finicky consumers could end up being more damaging to Tokyo's hopes of resuming commercial whaling than years of campaigning by environmentalists focused on endangered species.

"If it became more widely known that this meat was contaminated, people who want to eat whale would probably stop," said Koichi Haraguchi, a researcher at Dai-Ichi College of Pharmaceutical Sciences in western Japan.

So far, though, most Japanese consumers seem blithely unaware that the whale meat they see as a gourmet delight may be tainted with dangerous mercury and toxic chemicals. . . CAUTION: Whale meat is hazardous to your health

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