Whale-Protection Cuts Sought
NOAA Scales Back Proposed 30-Mile Speed Limit Zones
Mama whale & calf
One of the leading causes of death for right whales, this one with a calf off the coast of Florida in February 2005, is collision with a ship.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Bush administration yesterday proposed scaling back protected zones for endangered whales in the Atlantic Ocean, yielding to cargo companies’ concerns about new speed limits for ships in these areas.
The proposal, unveiled yesterday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, could end more than a year of wrangling between federal fisheries scientists and the White House over new measures to protect the North Atlantic right whale. About 300 of the whales remain, and researchers say their tiny population has been reduced further by fatal collisions with large ships.
Harpoon the whalers! A little butter, a dash of pepper … Mm-mm good!
The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has opened in Santiago without the usual war of words between pro- and anti-whaling nations.
Some campaigners in Chile’s capital complain dissent is being suppressed.
But Japan says anti-whaling countries will be able to pursue conservation goals more effectively if they accept that whaling can be sustainable.
The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission begins on Friday on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. The indications are that for the first time in 20 years nations which favour whaling may have a majority.
"Many of the Japanese citizens thinks that westerners, (the) outside world, is imposing their own value code on Japan on an emotional basis, and naturally they think they're bullies or… arrogant."
At the risk of being culturally insensitive, it seems to me that, given their great numbers, the Japanese represent a far more sustainable source of food for the world's burgeoning population. Moreover, I am told that they can be quite tasty when prepared properly — a simple matter of a little butter and fresh herbs.
Then, too, whales don't bother anyone, whereas the people of Japan go around calling Westerners "arrogant" when they are only trying to protect a species which is quite arguably more intelligent (and certainly more lovable) than most human beings.