Cetacean Research: Whaling In Japan

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Since the 1986 Whaling moratorium, scientific whaling is the only whaling that the IWC (International Whaling Commission) using the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) which allows a country’s government to issue permits to use lethal methods as long as the whaling is for science. Iceland and Norway were originally signatories of this ruling and stopped commercial whaling for a short period and only had scientific whaling however they have since broken apart from the IWC and continue to whale commercially around their waters. Other countries such as Canada and the United states are granted aboriginal rights for whaling in small numbers for tradition and ceremonies of certain communities (Côté & Farvaro, 2016). Japan’s scientific whaling program is the most active of all countries within the IWC. Since the 1986 moratorium Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research has been granted 5 whaling permits.…show more content…
Before the 1986 whaling moratorium Japan had one of the largest commercial whaling fleets although they also had a small scientific program. From 1954 to 1986 Japans scientific whaling programs killed 840 whales globally for scientific research however after 1986 Japan’s new larger Scientific whaling program killed over 8321 for research in 18 years 1986-2004, almost a tenfold increase in half the amount of time. All other nations undergoing scientific whaling research killed around 2100 whales between 1952-2005 (Gales, et al.,
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