Sunday 28 July 2013

Funding for true scientific whale research in the Antarctic


One of the strongest arguments in support of Australia’s case against Japanese Antarctic whaling, currently being considered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, is the extent of high quality, non-lethal research conducted by Australia in the Southern Ocean.

The International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee has noted on many occasions that the science published by Australia has been more robust and useful than that produced as a result of Japan’s Scientific Permit whaling.

Australia's International Whales and Marine Mammal Conservation Initiative was given a boost on 24 July 2013 with the announcement of $6 million in additional federal funding over two years.

An important element of the ongoing research will be the critically endangered blue whale and its relationship with the Antarctic ecosystem.

Japan has a standing invitation to become an active participant in the Initiative; and invitation that it has so far declined.


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