[MARMAM] How we all kill whales
mmoore at whoi.edu
Sat Feb 15 18:59:05 PST 2014
Food for Thought - Moore, M.J. How we all kill whales. -- ICES Journal
of Marine Science, doi.10.1093/icesjms/fsu008.
Today there is enormous popular interest in marine mammals. Western
media tend to dwell on the ongoing debate about commercial whaling by
Japan, Norway and Iceland. There is, however, relative silence as to how
the shipping and fishing industries of many if not all maritime
countries are also catching and sometimes killing whales, albeit
unintentionally. Thus, western countries have, through the development
and increase in fishing and shipping in continental shelf waters,
essentially resumed whaling as vessel speeds and fishing gear strength
have increased in recent decades. The ways in which these animals die,
especially in fixed fishing gear that they become entangled in and swim
off with, would raise substantial concern with consumers of seafood were
they to be aware of what they were enabling.
Available Open Access at
This is an early view online publication. There are no volume or page
numbers available at this time.
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