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Hodgson-Johnston, I and Jabour, JA, Japan's new whaling program is a small win for whales, but , The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group, Hobart, Tasmania, Online, 20 November 2014 (2014) [Magazine Article]

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This week, Japan announced a research plan for its New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean, to replace previous programs. In March this year, Japanís previous whaling program, JARPA II, was deemed "not for the purposes of scientific research" by the International Court of Justice. It was therefore illegal under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, a law developed by members of the International Whaling Commission, including Australia and Japan. The convention and commission are charged with conserving whales and managing the commercial whaling industry. Compared to previous programs, Japanís new whaling program is spread across a larger area of the ocean around the Antarctic, but will kill fewer whales. It has been submitted to the commission and its scientific committee. However, Japan doesnít have to wait for any sort of approval from these bodies. In response to the announcement, Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has called for the Australian government to back up the court judgment and "pile on diplomatic pressure".

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Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:whaling, Antarctic Ocean, International Whaling Commission
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Hodgson-Johnston, I (Dr Indi Hodgson-Johnston)
UTAS Author:Jabour, JA (Dr Julia Jabour)
ID Code:96962
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2014-11-26
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