[MARMAM] New Publication on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling
mftillman at mac.com
Mon Nov 3 18:55:23 PST 2008
This is to let you know that the following article was recently published in
a journal that is likely not familiar to many of you:
Tillman, M.F. 2008. The international management of aboriginal whaling.
Reviews in Fisheries Science 16(4): 437-44.
Abstract: Prior to the development of commercial whaling, several indigenous
communities undertook hunts of whales to ful?ll their subsistence needs.
Fortunately, the two international conventions that implemented the
regulation of commercial whaling did not lose sight of the needs of these
aboriginal communities. How this was done, as well as the eventual evolution
of the management of aboriginal whaling, is summarized in this review. The
record shows that, whether in terms of exempting these aboriginal hunts from
required management actions or of setting precautionary catch limits for
otherwise protected stocks, an overriding management principle has emerged
wherein international managers have been willing to accept conservation risks
for aboriginal hunts that they otherwise would not assume for commercial
operations. Although these risks were accepted, it was done at the cost to the
aboriginal hunters of undertaking conservation measures often not applied to
commercial hunts. While it is not clear from the record whether this guiding
principle arose explicitly or implicitly, it is nevertheless explicitly clear that it
has been and continues to be applied, and successfully so, when considering
the conservation of the affected stocks.
Keywords: aboriginal whaling, conservation, depleted stocks, hunts, IWC,
management, subsistence, whales
If you desire reprints, please contact the journal.
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