The whales and the hunt
In spite of the fact that the IWC has not definitively accepted the Makah whaling proposal, the US government has unilaterally acted to allow the Makah to kill up to 5 gray whales in the first year of their whaling programme, wounding up to a total of 10 in the process; the plan calls for the Makah to be allowed to kill up 20 whales, striking or wounding up to a total of 33, by the year 2002.
'Whale, I want you to come near me, so that I will get a hold of your heart and deceive it....'
Nootkan whaling prayer, as quoted in E.S. Curtis, 'The North American Indian', vol. 11, 1916.
PAWS FILES SUIT AGAINST COAST GUARD EXCLUSION ZONE Coast Guard Rule Called Unconstitutional, Violates Federal Laws
The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and three individuals on Thursday filed for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in a challenge to a Coast Guard Rule which, among other things, creates a five hundred yard exclusion zone around Makah whalers. The case has been assigned to Judge Franklin D. Burgess in Tacoma. No hearing date has yet been set.
The Globe and Mail: Confrontation looms off West Coast over whaling expedition
Thursday, October 1, 1998 ROD MICKLEBURGH
With a report from Sarah Schmidt in Victoria
Vancouver -- Opponents of whaling from Canada and the United States converged on the choppy waters off the tip of northwest Washington yesterday in an effort to thwart the first whale hunt by Makah Indians in more than 70 years.
Continuing the theme of 'whales and fish', WDCS thought that the following article was interesting.
Norway - September 30 1998 RECORD FOR NORWEGIAN PRODUCERS
The Norwegian producer organisation for fish, which controls all first-hand trade of fish from
mid-Norway up to the border to Russia - Norges Rfisklag - may reach a turnover of NOK 6 billion this year. By mid-September the turnover had reached NOK 4.6 billion, about one NOK1 billion more than the same time last year.
WDCS welcomes measures by the UK Government to further protect cetaceans and other marine species in the North Sea. WDCS has recently completed a survey of cetaceans along the UK's west coast, and has been campaigning for stricter provisions within fisheries management regimes, which not only secure long term sustainable future of the fishing industry but give protection to cetaceans. WDCS passes on its congratulations to the UK Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley who has announced new measures to protect wildlife.
The following is the official MAFF press release.
B.C. Indians want to hunt whales
The Vancouver Sun: Larry Pynn Vancouver Sun
As Washington state's Makah Indian tribe prepares for its first subsistence hunt of gray whales in decades, B.C. coastal native Indians said Monday they plan to use the hunt as a stepping stone to the commercial sale of whale products.
Despite a propaganda war being waged by 'pro-whalers' claiming that whales, and cetaceans in general, are impacting commercial fish stocks, it appears that Norwegian fish stocks refuse to abide by this misinformation. Even though the whalers claim that whale populations are 'increasing' at the expense of fish stocks, the Fish Information Service reports that "research done by the Norwegian research vessels Johan Hjort and G.O.Sars shows large numbers of juvenile haddock and capelin in the Norwegian sector.