Japan Must Be
Banned From the Antarctic
Japan's JARPA program has finished! JARPA was a 16 year whale
research project carried out by the Japanese government. It's
objectives were the:
1) estimation of the biological parameters to improve the stock
management of the Southern Hemisphere minke whale;
2) elucidation of the role of whales in the Antarctic marine
In response to 'developing requirements' Japan added two further
3) elucidation of the effect of environmental changes on cetaceans;
4) elucidation of the stock structure of the Southern Hemisphere
whales to improve stock management.
Japan now says "The research programme has been truly
having produced valuable information on the Antarctic ecosystem
will provide the basis for improving future research and
management of Antarctic marine resources," said Hiroshi
director general of the Institute of Cetacean Research, in a
Yet, almost every year, the International Whaling Commission (IWC)
by majority vote passed a resolution urging Japan not to issue a
for lethal minke whale research in the Antarctic. Every year Japan
ignores the will of the ruling body, to which it is a menber.
How much more impertanence will the IWC accept?
Yes, JARPA has concluded, but Japan will now seek approval for a
research plan at the next IWC meeting in June 2005. This program
in addition to the minke hunt of 440 whales now being taken
include Humpback and Fin whales.
Humpbacks are the world's most-watched whale. They winter along
mainland Australian coasts and spend their summers in Antarctica.
the second largest whale at up to 26 metres long, are found in
waters. Both species were reduced to a fraction of their original
numbers in the days of 20th century industrial whaling.
Neither Fin nor Humpback whales have recovered! Not even to the
pre whaling numbers suggested by authorities including the IWC.
The Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) in Tokyo says
research has shown a major shift among species.
"We are witnessing a surprisingly rapid growth in the
abundance of fin
and humpback whales in the Antarctic and a possible slowing in the
increased abundance of minke whales," said the institute's
general, Dr Hiroshi Hatanaka.
What a joke! Did he say Fin and Humpback whales have recovered?
merely noted they were recovering. Did he say Minke whales were
increasing normally? No! he said they are now not increasing as
A recent DNA study of commercially available whalemeat from Japan
shown that pre whaling estimates of Humpback whales have been
This is true. How do I know this? I'll tell you.
Today, when I stand on the North Head of Port Jackson (the
Sydney Harbour) and look out to sea I see no Humpback whales. I
stand there any day of the year and not see one whale. I did see
once but it was a Souther Right whale. So, whales are not a sight
A few years back I joined a day long Marine Research cruise off
It's aim was to document all the marine life it encountered. I
to see a whale. We did see a sunfish, four common dolphins and a
amount of birdlife but no whale.
Here is what a Captain saw when he sailed from Sydney Harbour in
"The first whale-ships to set out from the Australian coast
not belong to the host, partly British, mostly American, that
eventually followed in the tracks of Enderby's pioneer vessel
Horn. They were the transport vessels which had brought out
and the first that we hear about arrived in 1791. Ten vessels of
class had reached Port Jackson, and one former whaling captain
that he had just seen more whales in one day than off the coast of
Brazil in six years. No less than five of these ships put to sea
whales. The attraction of the game was overwhelming, and quite a
of such British ships put to sea to take part in it immediately
discharge of their human cargoes."
And more from Thos. Melville Captain of the Ship Britannia
At "the latitude of Port Jackson. Within three leagues of the
saw Sperm Whales in great plenty. We sailed through different
them from 12 o'clock in the day till sunset, all round the horizon,
far as I could see from the mast head. In fact I saw very great
prospects in making our fishery upon this coast and establishing a
fishery here. Our people was in the highest spirits at so great a
and I was determined as soon as I got in and got clear of my live
lumber, to make all possible despatch on the Fishery on this
ref: Whalemen Adventurers,
It is established fact that all Southern Right, Humpback and Minke
whales which migrate north and south along the Australian East
come from the Antarctic. On this there can be no dispute.
Souther Ocean whales have not recovered and must not be hunted
whales are again found in the same numbers as described by the
of 1791. Japan is insisting it will continue killing whales in the
Japan MUST be banned from entering the Antarctic.