February 15, 2018

Excerpts from "Whales and Whaling"/「捕鯨問題の真実」から抜粋

Here are some exerpts from the following PDF files, issued from the Fisheries Agency of Japan. Bolds and underscores are mine.
It is strongly encouraged to read throught the file.

Whales and Whaling


What is the IWC?
Present IWC membership is 88 countries*
* As of December 2013
The International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) was concluded in 1946. Its purpose was the conservation and management of whale resources and ensuring the sustainable use of whales as valuable marine resources for future generations. To realize this purpose, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was founded in 1948 with the 15 main whaling countries of the world as members. Japan adhered to the IWC in 1951.

History of the whaling dispute
IWC Organization
Establishment (1948 to 1960)
When the IWC began its work, resource management science was in an early stage. There was limited scientific data available, and catch quotas were not established other than those for the Antarctic Ocean.
1960 to 1972
From 1960, resource management became strengthened with the establishment of catch quotas per country and capture prohibition of diminished species. As a result, major whaling countries, such as the US, UK, Netherlands and Australia, withdrew from their no longer profitable whaling industry. Instead, cries for animal protection and nature conservation began to be heard, and the anti-whaling movement increased in activity. A ten-year temporary suspension or moratorium on commercial whaling was adopted in 1972 at the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, but it was rejected at the IWC as having insufficient scientific grounds.
1972 to 1982
1972 marked the beginning of serious antagonism between anti-whaling and pro-whaling countries. The anti-whaling countries contrived a strategy to obtain a majority of votes at the IWC, and by 1982, managed to convince 25 countries to join the IWC as anti-whaling members. As a result, they came to command a majority of more than 75%, and the IWC moratorium on commercial whaling was adopted that year.
1982 to today
In 1982 ,the IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling prohibiting the capture of great whales to take effect in March 1988. At present, the number of pro-sustainable use countries which includes Japan, and anti-whaling countries rival each other so that the three-quarter majority of votes necessary to abolish the moratorium has yet to be attained.

While the mandate of the IWC as a organization devoted to the management of whale resources based on scientific evidence is clearly stipulated in the ICRW, a number of countries continue to oppose the resumption of commercial whaling even for species whose resource status has been scientifically proven to be at high levels of abundance. However, some of these countries are starting to change their positions, and new participation from countries which support sustainable whaling has been increasing.

IWC(International Whaling Commission)とは




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