[MARMAM] Another paper

Peter Corkeron peter.corkeron at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 10:19:59 PST 2009


I've had a paper published in the latest issue of Marine Ecology
Progress Series, entitled "Reconsidering the science of scientific

The Abstract is:

Scientific whaling is one of the most publicly contentious
applications of marine ecological research today. An evaluation of the
second phase of Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) program
in the western North Pacific (JARPN II) is soon to be conducted under
the auspices of the Scientific Committee (SC) of the International
Whaling Commission (IWC). Previous IWC SC reviews identified serious
problems with the programs, yet reached inconsequential conclusions,
and the JARPN II review is the first under a new format. The basic
design of this study—forestomach sampling coupled with acoustic and
trawl surveys for prey—is an unsophisticated approach to investigating
the foraging ecology of Balaenoptera spp. Published results of the
JARPN II feasibility study demonstrate problems with the execution of
field work. Data analyses were simplistic. Non-lethal studies into the
foraging ecology of Balaenoptera spp., using far fewer resources, have
produced more definitive information. The recent changes in the IWC SC
review process should result in unambiguous advice on how to improve
the design of JARPN II. If the review recommends improvements that are
not acted upon by the program's proponents, the IWC may need to decide
whether the JARPN II program can be considered to be scientific
research under Article VIII of the International Convention for the
Regulation of Whaling.

The paper is available here:

or, if you don't have access to MEPS (if not, why not?) send me an
email to peter.corkeron at gmail.com and I'll send one on.

Coincidentally, the JARPN II review is taking place this week.

Peter J. Corkeron

website: http://aleakage.blogspot.com/

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