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Commercial Whaling

Post by TJrandom » Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:18 pm

Japan has declared that it will join Norway and Iceland in pursuit of commercial whaling , starting in July 2019.

I wonder how long it will be before a ‘Boycott Japan’ movement gets off the ground, possibly targeting the Olympics, but for goods and services too. And I suspect that the geographic limitation – territorial waters and EEZ, will soon be relaxed.

Personally, I am OK with commercial whaling – just so long as whale isn’t served to me, and I am not forced to support it thru taxation. I cannot see it being a commercial success – without government support, even here in Japan.

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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:23 pm

Extinction will end the issue.
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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:30 pm

Have any whales that don't look like dolphins recovered yet from near extinction to be commercially fished? Whaled?? I don't think so.

Ha, ha.........from my other posting re leatherbacks also near extinction, I only now wonder if whales could be genetically modified, or even behaviorially trained, to eat jellyfish? If jellyfish, why not plastic too?

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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by TJrandom » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:06 am

According to the IWC ,
only two species of large whales can be considered in danger of extinction, the North Pacific right whale and the North Atlantic right whale, both of which were severely depleted by pre-20th century whaling.
This said, I do not know what the impact of taking an additional 1,000 or so whales will be – these in addition to those taken by Iceland, Norway, and indigenous peoples for which exceptions have been given - but strongly suspect that extinction from hunting is very unlikely.

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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:14 am

The "Right" Whale, named as the one to get for oil production. I forget exactly why...........
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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:25 am

bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:
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The "Right" Whale, named as the one to get for oil production. I forget exactly why...........
Because that was the right whale to target, produced the most whale oil.

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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:29 am

I assume "its the most oil" by some metric other than just oil? Easiest to catch. Oil to Size ratio?? Less stink on deck??? Maybe it actually had the most ambergris per unit?
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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by Gord » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:40 am

TJrandom wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:06 am
According to the IWC ,
only two species of large whales can be considered in danger of extinction, the North Pacific right whale and the North Atlantic right whale, both of which were severely depleted by pre-20th century whaling.
The IUCN lists more than that as endangered whales: https://www.iucnredlist.org/search?quer ... pe=species

I see the blue whale and the Sei Whale, as well as the North Pacific right whale and the North Atlantic right whale on their list of endangered species.
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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by ElectricMonk » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:31 am

About time!
I'm tired of eating shark-fin soup.

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Re: Commercial Whaling

Post by TJrandom » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:51 am

ElectricMonk wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:31 am
About time!
I'm tired of eating shark-fin soup.
Well, come on over - lots of whale for sale - steaks, jerky, etc. - for just a few dollars for 100 grams. Maybe a bit pricey, but it does not taste like chicken.