Japan to resume commercial whaling after leaving IWC

22 December, 2018, 13:39 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Japan to withdraw from IWC to resume commercial whaling: reports

Whale meat now sold in Japan is obtained as a "by-product" of whaling research in the Antarctic Ocean and the Northwest Pacific, except for imports from Iceland and elsewhere.

Another official at the foreign ministry confirmed "all options are on the table but nothing formal has been decided yet".

Following the ballot, Japan's IWC commissioner Joji Morishita said differences with anti-whaling nations were "very clear" and Japan would now plan its "next steps". Earlier this year, Japan tried to persuade the commission to drop its ban on commercial whaling. If it does leave, Japan would join Iceland and Norway in openly defying the moratorium.

Japan has hunted whales for centuries.

Anti-whaling groups have expressed concern after reports Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling. In contrast, the IUCN lists the Antarctic minke whale (B. bonaerensis) as "near threatened". It introduced a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986 after some species had been fished to near extinction. A situation described by a government source as "the IWC being unable to decide anything on resource management" has been continuing, even causing doubt over the IWC's significance as an global organization.

His government had a short time previously at the IWC meeting in the Brazilian city of Florianópolis, a request for the resumption of commercial whaling.

Japan to withdraw from IWC to resume commercial whaling: reports

"There are fishermen in Japan making their living by whaling and we can't simply end it", an anonymous government official told Kyodo.

However, another fisheries agency official said that Japan has no intention of withdrawing from the IWC.

"Japan leaving could, on one side, tip the scales so that it could become an organization that deals with whale science and whale conservation".

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Conservation campaigners welcomed the possible end to whaling in the Southern Ocean but warned that by withdrawing from the IWC, Japan risked becoming a "pirate whaling nation". Japan's Antarctic catch is now capped at 333 whales a year - about a third of the quota before a 2014 International Court of Justice ruling found that Japanese research whaling wasn't sufficiently scientific.

This photo taken on September 14, 2018, shows a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Florianopolis, Brazil. "If Japan is serious about the future of the world's whales, they would not leave the IWC".

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