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More news on the ever-increasing Humpback stocks
Little has changed since I wrote about this here
, and here
last year. Oh, and here as well
Peter Harrison expects the an additional 700 humpback whales to be added to the population this year, yet he still chooses to make almost completely unfathomable statements that "Japan's scientific whaling program was putting the whale population recovery at risk".
Japan plans to take only 10 humpback whales in the next austral summer - that's a miniscule number of the entire population, and only a miserable 1.4% of the increase that Harrison expects this year.
Instead of a small number of whales being removed from the population each year, would Harrison still hold his concerns about risk to the stock were it only growing at a rate of say 9% (630 whales), instead of 10% (700 whales)?
I'd rather see 700 new whales and the ICR take 10 from the entire population, than have only 630 new whales and the ICR take none.
One can but wonder how long Harrison intends to keep up this almost inexplicable fear-mongering, when at least one scientific model shows that the western and eastern breeding humpback populations off Australia are likely to be close to pristine levels within the next 10 to 20 years
. The ICR has produced analyses indicating that the impact on stock recoveries to their pristine levels by a removal of 50 humpbacks each year will be negligable
At the very least, I'd like to see Harrison try to actually put some meat on the puny skeleton of an argument he makes that there is significant risk to the Humpback population from the JARPA II programme. The ball is firmly in his court to stump up with a rational argument as to why the world should be concerned about the JARPA II programme impact on humpbacks.
Labels: humpbacks, Whaling