[MARMAM] How we all kill whales

Michael Moore 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 
http://icesjms.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/12/icesjms.fsu008.abstract

This is an early view online publication. There are no volume or page 
numbers available at this time.

Michael Moore
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