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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. . .
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?
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.
FACT: Endangered Whale Species are RECOVERING... not RECOVERED.
FACT: Japan does NOT have a TRADITION of SCIENTIFIC WHALING.
Where is the Japanese Whaling Fleet?
What are whales telling us about Earth?
Recent reports clearly show that the whales are helping researchers determine atmospheric science, Arctic oceanography, the extent of global warming, marine food web nutrition and record breaking migration patterns...
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.
"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.
World's 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. . .
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. Photo: WSPA/EIA
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
Whales killed annually since Norway resumed commercial whaling
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". . .
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