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Has New Zealand missed a golden opportunity to end whaling?

With the start of the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, it is timely to revisit the issue of whaling and New Zealand’s recent attempt at a compromise position.

A few years ago New Zealand tried to broker a deal to allow the Japanese to whale, but with a decreasing quota. The aim of the New Zealand position was to allow the Japanese an honourable exit from the practice, which is now uneconomic because so few Japanese still eat whale. One reason that the Japanese keep whaling might simply be a stubborn dislike of being dictated to by West, particularly when our moral high ground is so shaky.

Find out more about the New Zealand position by watching the video we made with our current International Whaling Commissioner Gerard van Bohemen and The Morgan Foundations Geoff Simmons.

Ultimately our idea got stymied by some environmental campaigners and Western governments. Was New Zealand right to suggest this idea in the first place? Have we missed a golden opportunity to end whaling? Sound off below.

[youtube height="100%" width="350"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktGxC4hk5GE[/youtube]

 

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  • megarillo

    @garethmorgannz is the National Whale Centre project on your radar? They could do with a champion and some sweet coin: http://t.co/cB0qIWLA

  • megarillo

    @garethmorgannz is the National Whale Centre project on your radar? They could do with a champion and some sweet coin: http://t.co/cB0qIWLA

  • Peter McInroe

    it is amazing how one can lie like a flat fish and call it science and be politically correct whaling is about the money and the meat to feed a few greedy people end of story.

  • Peter McInroe

    it is amazing how one can lie like a flat fish and call it science and be politically correct whaling is about the money and the meat to feed a few greedy people end of story.

  • Norman Phillips

    And even Gareth does not understand the apostrophe – most Kiwis is the plural and does not have one; a kiwi’s passion is another matter!

  • Norman Phillips

    And even Gareth does not understand the apostrophe – most Kiwis is the plural and does not have one; a kiwi’s passion is another matter!

  • Karena Tumaru

    now the south koreans are going to start whale hunting – they just dont get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karena Tumaru

    now the south koreans are going to start whale hunting – they just dont get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve Bolton

    Why I saw whales right outside my house this very morning. A pod of Orca, fishing in very close to the seawall in Devonport, at times only a few metres from the sea wall. There were large and small whales in the group and my guess is they were catching Mullet.

  • Steve Bolton

    Why I saw whales right outside my house this very morning. A pod of Orca, fishing in very close to the seawall in Devonport, at times only a few metres from the sea wall. There were large and small whales in the group and my guess is they were catching Mullet.

  • Karen Philpott

    To Hell with diplomacy. To much arse kissing and still not getting anywhere. There needs to be tighter controls on so-called “research” with a number of watchers who can stop the “harvesting” when the number is reached, or the research is stopped before they leave the port. There also needs to be a smaller number of whales needed to be samples for this “research”.

  • Karen Philpott

    To Hell with diplomacy. To much arse kissing and still not getting anywhere. There needs to be tighter controls on so-called “research” with a number of watchers who can stop the “harvesting” when the number is reached, or the research is stopped before they leave the port. There also needs to be a smaller number of whales needed to be samples for this “research”.

  • Maggy

    Yes I think we missed a great opportunity for a long term solution to the whaling issue. As often happens people do not learn the full story and hang onto catch phrases/entrenched positions and miss the ‘big picture’. Sir Geoffrey Palmer showed great strategic nous and was sadly thwarted. 

  • Maggy

    Yes I think we missed a great opportunity for a long term solution to the whaling issue. As often happens people do not learn the full story and hang onto catch phrases/entrenched positions and miss the ‘big picture’. Sir Geoffrey Palmer showed great strategic nous and was sadly thwarted. 

  • Taylor Glen

    South Korea is now in the act with Japan, what is the matter with these people?

  • Taylor Glen

    South Korea is now in the act with Japan, what is the matter with these people?

  • http://nzbirds.com narena

    The reason Japan keeps whaling is not “a stubborn dislike of being dictated to by the west,” but, as stated in the interview, a sense that if they give up on the whaling issue, then next issue will be fish, especially tuna.

    Did we lose a golden opportunity to end whaling? Are we listening to the same tape Gareth? The Japanese wouldn’t sign up to a compromise, which of course the wouldn’t, given that tha real issue for the Japanese is one of principle, to fish or not to fish (in the Southern Ocean).

  • http://nzbirds.com narena

    The reason Japan keeps whaling is not “a stubborn dislike of being dictated to by the west,” but, as stated in the interview, a sense that if they give up on the whaling issue, then next issue will be fish, especially tuna.

    Did we lose a golden opportunity to end whaling? Are we listening to the same tape Gareth? The Japanese wouldn’t sign up to a compromise, which of course the wouldn’t, given that tha real issue for the Japanese is one of principle, to fish or not to fish (in the Southern Ocean).

  • http://nzbirds.com narena

    The reason Japan keeps whaling is not “a stubborn dislike of being dictated to by the west,” but, as stated in the interview, a sense that if they give up on the whaling issue, then next issue will be fish, especially tuna. Did we lose a golden opportunity to end whaling? Are we listening to the same tape Gareth? The Japanese wouldn’t sign up to a compromise, which of course they wouldn’t, given that the real issue for the Japanese is one of principle, to fish or not to fish (in the Southern Ocean).

  • http://nzbirds.com narena

    The reason Japan keeps whaling is not “a stubborn dislike of being dictated to by the west,” but, as stated in the interview, a sense that if they give up on the whaling issue, then next issue will be fish, especially tuna. Did we lose a golden opportunity to end whaling? Are we listening to the same tape Gareth? The Japanese wouldn’t sign up to a compromise, which of course they wouldn’t, given that the real issue for the Japanese is one of principle, to fish or not to fish (in the Southern Ocean).

  • http://nzbirds.com narena

    What seems to be missing from the whale story is just how many whales can the oceans now sustain, given the level of fishing that is going on. Where is the research on this? If there is any then I would be grateful if someone would direct me to it. There is some indication from this article in Stuff some time back, that whales are starving. Are we taking too much squid? Is krill declining just as the fishing industry wants to ramp up the take? http://www.3news.co.nz/Fishing-industry-starving-whales-of-food/tabid/1160/articleID/161792/Default.aspx

  • http://nzbirds.com narena

    What seems to be missing from the whale story is just how many whales can the oceans now sustain, given the level of fishing that is going on. Where is the research on this? If there is any then I would be grateful if someone would direct me to it. There is some indication from this article in Stuff some time back, that whales are starving. Are we taking too much squid? Is krill declining just as the fishing industry wants to ramp up the take? http://www.3news.co.nz/Fishing-industry-starving-whales-of-food/tabid/1160/articleID/161792/Default.aspx