"while JARPA results were not required for management under the Revised Management Procedure (RMP), they had the potential to improve it in the following ways: (1) reductions in the current set of plausible scenarios considered in RMP Implementation Simulation Trials; and (2) identification of new scenarios to which future Implementation Simulation Trials will have to be developed (e.g. the temporal component of stock structure). The results of analyses of JARPA might allow an increased allowed catch of minke whales in the Southern Hemisphere without increasing the depletion risk above the level indicated by the existing Implementation Simulation Trials for these minke whales."Right since the 1997 IWC plenary meeting which considered the results of this report, representatives from nations such as my homeland of New Zealand have constantly selectively quoted from this review the four words "not required for management", while ignoring the subsequent comments noting the potential of the JARPA results to improve management. Of course, New Zealand amongst others, is against management improvements for political reasons.
The Scientific Committee has agreed to hold an intersessional scientific workshop to assist in its review of the results of the Japanese special permit research in the Antarctic (JARPA) programme, 1987/88-2004/05. The objectives of the review are to evaluate:It may be of interest to lay observers to know who the Invited Participants will be. The names are listed below, available from this document.
1. how well the initial and revised objectives of the research have been met;
2. other contributions to important research needs;
3. the relationship of the research to relevant IWC resolutions and discussions, including those dealing with the Antarctic marine ecosystem, environmental changes and their impact on cetaceans and Committee reviews of special permit research; and
4. the utility of the lethal techniques used by JARPA compared to non-lethal techniques.
The Committee agreed that the review will consider only scientific issues; ethical issues are beyond its competence. This will be taken into account in the discussion under item (c). The Committee also agreed that some discussions of the respective merits of lethal and non-lethal methodology (item (d) is important and that Invited Participants can contribute to that debate. However, the Committee noted that main focus of the review workshop will be on Items 1-8 of the draft agenda; the more contentious issues under Item 9 will mainly be discussed at the subsequent annual meeting (JCRM 8, pp48).
|P. Best||Biological parameters|
|I. Boyd, Director, Sea Mammal Research Unit, UK||Feeding ecology|
|D. Butterworth||Abundance, biological parameters|
|T. Haug||Feeding ecology|
|R. Hoelzel||Stock structure|
|D. Palka||Abundance estimation|
|P. Palsboll||Stock structure|
|A. Punt or T. Polacheck||Statistical catch-at-age analyses|
|T. Schweder||Abundance, biological parameters|
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