IN DEFENCE OF THE
THE CHIEFLY PEOPLES OF THE OCEAN WORLD !
NO MORE TIME TO TALK - TIME FOR ACTION!
1.TOPIC: Australia Acts to Stop Iceland from Whaling:
2. Topic: IWC - the global whaling body - on ‘last legs’
3. Topic: Arctic whales make great research partners
TARGET LIST UPDATE ( - see all at the end of these latest news)
BOYCOTT JAPAN IN TOTAL !!!! STOP BUYING OR DRIVING ANY JAPANESE
CAR AND STOP BUYING ANY JAPANESE PRODUCT !
STOP FLYING WITH JAL OR ANAS (a LUFTHANSA Partner)!
BOYCOTT NORWAY IN TOTAL !!!!! TOTAL TOURISM BOYCOTT TO THE COUNTRY
OF THE WHALE- AND WOLF KILLERS !!! STOP BUYING ANY NORWEGIAN
PRODUCT ! FOCUS ON THE NORWEGIAN OIL INDUSTRY !
JAPAN AND NORWAY WANT WAR - WELL THEY SHALL HAVE IT! DON'T
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STEP UP THE BOYCOTT AGAINST DENMARK ! DON'T BUY "LEGO"
FOR YOUR KIDS ! (see: http://www.ecop.info)
BOYCOTT RUSSIA ! FOCUS ON CHINA !
CONTINUE TO BOYCOTT UNILEVER (Unilever brand names include
Gorton's Seafood, Bird's Eye, Langnese, Lipton's Tea, OMO washing
powder, Dove soap, etc. and Ben & Jerry's ice cream -
reportedly contaminated anyway.)
STEP UP THE (TOURISM) BOYCOTT AGAINST THOSE CARIBBEAN STATES,
WHICH STILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT WHALING AND ROBBING THE SEAS !
BOYCOTT THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR ILLEGAL DOLPHIN CAPTURES !
PHASE OUT THE BOYCOTT CONCERNING THE NETHERLANDS !
( But lets watch if the "Dutch Connection" re-emerges
now or at the BERLIN IWC conference ! )
The clear view and the clear will to act together is coming
through - and everybody, who has it, says :
STOP WHALING - FOREVER !
We will Live Together or Die Together.
We Promise This As Long As The Water Runs, Skies Do Shine
and Night Brings Rest.
1. Australia Acts to Stop Iceland from Whaling:
CANBERRA, Australia, February 12, 2003 (ENS) - Australia has taken
action to protest the readmission of Iceland to theInternational
Whaling Commission, according to Minister for the Environment and
Heritage, Dr. David Kemp. The basis ofAustralia’s objection is
Iceland’s refusal to abide by the current global moratorium on
On Friday in Washington, DC, Australia lodged an official document
with the U.S. Department of State - the depository government for
the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling -
dealing with Iceland’s formal reservation to the moratorium.
This document states, “The Government of Australia considers
that the reservation [to the ban on commercial whaling] is
prohibited as it is incompatible with the object and purpose of
After several unsuccessful attempts, Iceland was readmitted to the
International Whaling Commission (IWC) at a Special Meeting of the
IWC October 14, 2002 in Cambridge, UK where the IWC is based.
Iceland’s readmittance brings the number of IWC member nations
Before withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission in
1992, Iceland was subject to the moratorium on commercial whaling.
Icelandic whalers continued their commercial trade in whale
products for three years after the moratorium came into effect,
from 1986 to 1989, under the “scientific whaling” provision.
“After quitting the IWC in 1992, Iceland was readmitted in
controversial circumstances at a special meeting of the Commission
in October 2002. This controversy was sparked by a clause in
Iceland’s bid for readmission, which exempts it Iceland
has threatened to start
commercial whaling as early as 2006,” Dr. Kemp said.
“As a result of Australia’s action, any whaling by Iceland
would breach the Convention which stands between Australia and
Iceland,” the Australian government document states. “In IWC
parlance, it would be from Australia’s perspective an
‘infraction’ against the rules of the Convention. We would
therefore be well placed to call that country to account before
Iceland’s reservation on the commercial whaling issue threatens
to “render the Convention meaningless,” said the Australian
minister, and could “set a precedent that could have negative
consequences for the orderly development of international law and
could possibly undermine the authority of other international
Dr. Kemp said he was concerned by media reports that Prime
Minister of Iceland David Oddsson said during his January visit to
Japan that Iceland may resume “scientific” whaling under
research provisions of the Convention that created the IWC.
“Late last year, Iceland announced it envisaged a return to
commercial whaling as soon as 2006. Now, it appears Iceland may
start whaling even earlier - under the guise of scientific
research,” Dr. Kemp said.
In Tokyo on January 14, Prime Minister Oddsson told a gathering to
mark the establishment of an Icelandic Chamber of Commerce in
Japan that Iceland is indebted to Japan for its new status within
the IWC. Iceland looks to Japan as a market for its whale products,
“Iceland became a member of the International Whaling Commission
again last year after 10 years’ absence,” Oddsson said. “Our
membership now is made with a reservation against the ban on
commercial whaling, and the Japanese government deserves our most
heartfelt thanks for their invaluable assistance in enabling us to
rejoin with this condition. On becoming a member Iceland undertook
not to begin commercial whaling until 2006 at the earliest, but
scientific whaling could start earlier.
As ever, because of the small size of our home market it is a
precondition for whaling off Iceland that it must be able to
export the products, and in this respect we naturally look to
Japan as our traditional market for them.”
Referring to the Japanese research whaling, the Australian
environment minister said, “We already have a situation in which,
in the name of ‘research’, approximately 700 whales are killed
each year for sale at market. This harvest adds nothing to our
knowledge of whales that cannot be drawn from historical records
and non-lethal research.”
The Australian government hopes that other IWC signatory
governments will also register protests to send a strong message
to any countries intending to resume whaling without the support
of the international community.
During the IWC vote on Iceland last October, Britain and the
United States opposed Iceland’s readmission. The United States
took the position that the Icelandic reservation to the commercial
whaling moratorium constituted a proposed amendment to the
Schedule and had no legal effect until accepted by a vote of a
three-fourths majority of the IWC members.
The United States believes that a country leaving the IWC, then
rejoining with a reservation, “could undermine the effectiveness
of the organization and could set a precedent for similar actions
in other fisheries organizations,” the U.S. State Department
said in a statement at the time.
Sweden said its representatives made a “mistake” when they
voted in favor of Iceland’s IWC membership. But no other IWC
signatory nation has registered a formal objection as Australia
“Australia expects members of the IWC to participate on an equal
basis to other Commission members,” Dr. Kemp said. “More than
a dozen other countries have joined the IWC over the past three
years. None of these have attempted to exempt themselves from the
moratorium or any other provisions of the Convention. Iceland
should be as bound by the whaling ban as other members.”
“Australia has consistently called for the cessation of this
so-called scientific version of what is, in reality, commercial
whaling. Any decision to expand existing whaling or to establish
new industries strikes me as absurd, given the moratorium,” Dr.
The issue will be heard at the next IWC meeting to be held in
Berlin in June. The IWC’s North Atlantic Minke Whale Assessment
Group will gather before the main meeting to determine the health
of this whale population that is the most likely target of
“At this meeting,” Dr. Kemp said, “Australia will continue
the drive for the permanent cessation of commercial whaling,
including lethal research, and for the establishment of a South
Pacific Whale Sanctuary.”
Copyright Environment News Service (ENS) 2003. All Rights Reserved.
2. Pro-whaling nations
huddle in Tokyo, saying global whaling body on ‘last legs’
Thursday, February 13, 2003
By Kenji Hall, Associated Press
TOKYO—Two of the world’s last whaling nations, Japan and
Norway, lashed out at the International Whaling Commission on
Wednesday, saying the organization was “on its last legs” and
lacked credibility because it didn’t approve of limited
Participants at a special meeting of whaling nations in Tokyo
honed their call for an end to the IWC’s moratorium on
commercial whaling. Delegates from Iceland and several Caribbean
nations also were at the meeting.
Whaling nations’ failed attempts to overturn the 1986 ban on
commercial whaling have led to a deadlock at the IWC, sharpening
differences between member nations who favor limited whaling and
those who oppose it.
On Wednesday, Japanese Fisheries Agency official Joji Morishita
called the commission dysfunctional, while Norway’s IWC
ambassador Odd Gunnar Skagestad said internal divisions had
undercut the commission’s global role.
“The commission has lost so much relevance and so much
credibility that it certainly gives the impression that it is on
its last legs,” Skagestad said. To restore trust, the commission
must come up with a system that balances demands for whale hunting
with worries about excessive harvests, Skagestad said.
Environmentalists and antiwhaling nations, led by the United
States, Britain, and Australia, have blamed Norway and Japan for
the current impasse.
Last year’s IWC convention in Shimonoseki, Japan, ended without
addressing much of the 49-nation commission’s agenda. The group
could face more contentious debate at this year’s meeting in
Berlin, Germany, in June.
Iceland, which was voted back into the commission in October after
leaving it a decade earlier, backs a lifting of the moratorium.
Iceland said it would not authorize commercial whaling by its
vessels before 2006. But it is considering asking the IWC for a
scientific permit to hunt whales for research, the country’s
whaling commissioner Stefan Asmundsson said. Iceland ended
research whaling in 1989.
The only other nation with IWC approval for scientific hunts is
Japan, which started its program in 1987. Tokyo says it is
researching claims that whale populations have recovered from
over-hunting and can again be killed for commercial purposes.
Critics of Japan’s research say the hunts are commercial whaling
in disguise because the government sells leftover meat from the
killed whales to wholesalers and much of it ends up in restaurants.
Source: Associated Press
3. Arctic whales make
great research partners
Thursday, February 13, 2003
Adapted by Cameron Walker and Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy
Arctic Whales Make Great Research Partners
Whales and scientists are teaming up to study Arctic waters. By
attaching sensors to the backs of wild white whales, researchers
from Norway and Britain have learned about a warm water spot
beneath an arctic fjord.
Until now, scientists haven’t been able to study these deep
waters because of the semipermanent ice cover. But beluga whales
can dive the 200 meters to the fjord’s bottom with ease. When
the sensor-carrying whales resurface, the data collected uplinks
to a satellite for scientists to study.
Researchers aren’t sure if the warm region picked up by the
whales’ sensors is due to long-term climate change or a shorter
cycle. However, their new lab assistants are already revealing new
subtleties in ocean patterns.
Source: Arctic Whales Make Great Research Partners: New Scientist
Arctic whales dive for science
Ocean scientists have recruited wild arctic whales to their team
to probe the waters deep beneath an Arctic island fjord for the
Sensors attached to the backs of the whales collected data as they
dived deep beneath the fjord. The data was relayed back to the
researchers via a satellite link each time the whales surfaced.
The sensors revealed a previously unknown influx of warm
North Atlantic water beneath the Storfjorden Svalbard Arctic fjord
during the winter months. It is not yet understood whether this is
part of long-term climate change or shorter cyclical change that
occurs over decades.
The Norwegian and British researchers attached sensors to the
backs of white whales. These are known to feed at great depths and
can easily descend to 200 metres to the bottom of the fjord.
Extensive ice cover makes it nearly impossible for scientists to
monitor the region using sensors deployed from ships.
Michael Fedack, a biologist at the University of St Andrew’s Sea
Mammal Research Unit in Scotland, says the whales were an
extremely efficient way of gathering information from this
“The measurements show an interesting tongue of warm and
possibly salty North Atlantic Water,” he told New Scientist.
“An important aim of the study was to show the oceanographic
community that this could be done in a scientifically profitable
and cost effective way.”
He says the new approach can provide vital information to allow us
to understand better the distribution of marine species and
protect vital parts of their ecosystem. “And this fjord is an
important one in terms of biology, with Ring seals, beluga whales
and polar bears all making extensive use of it,” he says.
Sophisticated Satellite Relay Data Loggers (SRDLs), which are
normally used to relay information about the whales’ movements,
were modified to record the whale’s depth and the temperature
and salinity of the water twice a second. Each time a whale
surfaced the information was transmitted via satellite back to the
researchers. The data was compressed while aboard the whales to
improve the efficiency of the data relay.
Other research teams have attached sensors to whales and seals in
order to track their movements and monitor ocean temperature. But
those instruments have had to be recovered in order to retrieve
the data. Fedack adds that other new remote sensing technology,
such as robotic buoys, are helping scientists monitor the oceans