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Can South Korea justify its plans for ‘scientific’ whaling?

Bejder, L. (2012) Can South Korea justify its plans for ‘scientific’ whaling? The Conversation, 6 July .

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The Australian government has sought urgent high level talks over an announcement by South Korea that it intends to resume whaling for “scientific” reasons.

South Korea delegate Park Jeong-Seok has told the International Whaling Commission (IWC) it would submit its research plans when the IWC met again in 2013, but has given no other details. However it is thought the Koreans would target minke whales.

Murdoch University Associate Professor Lars Bejder, at the Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems Research, says not only can this research be obtained in other ways, but we shouldn’t be allowing this when we don’t know enough about the gentle giant’s numbers.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
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