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Decline of the southern right whale – In the News

John Kerr posted in on March 17th, 2016.

New research tracking the rapid decline and slow recovery of New Zealand’s southern right whale population has been widely covered in the media. The study, published this week in the journal Open Science, combined records from historic whaling logbooks and new genetic data to estimate changes in the the whale population over the last two […]

NZ’s whales almost killed off – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 17th, 2016.

Relentless whaling decimated New Zealand’s southern right whale population to just a fraction of pre-whaling numbers by the start of last century, finds a new study. An international team of researchers combined historical records from whaling logbooks with modern genetic data to determine that around 30,000 southern right whales swam in New Zealand’s waters before […]

‘Scientific’ whaling needs better scrutiny – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 21st, 2016.

Scientists are frustrated with the International Whaling Commission over the lack of science in Japan’s scientific whaling programme, and are calling for a new review system.  Japanese whalers are back in the Southern Ocean, aiming to kill 333 minke whales this year – purportedly for scientific purposes. In a correspondence article in this week’s Nature, […]

‘Scientific whaling’ decision – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 19th, 2014.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has voted in favour of a resolution restricting Japan’s scientific whaling program, but a representative of the country says they will proceed anyway. At a four day meeting in Slovenia, the commission voted in favour of a resolution put forward by New Zealand to impose limits on future scientific whaling […]

Southland Times: Researchers aiming to bring whales back

Peter Griffin posted in on July 26th, 2010.

Scot MacKay writes in The Southland Times about efforts by New Zealand researchers to find out how to bring more whales back in New Zealand’s waters. A team will leaving to go almost 500km south to study southern right whales, which were plentiful in NZ waters before whaling. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The […]

NZ Herald: More than 5000 whales could be saved: report

Peter Griffin posted in on April 19th, 2010.

Michael Dickison writes in the New Zealand Herald that the compromise being considered by the International Whaling Commission could save over 5,000 in the next decade. The compromise, which would see an international moratorium on whaling lifted in favour of  stricter controls, has attracted criticism from groups saying that it is a step backwards. An […]

Dom Post/NZPA: Non-lethal whale research trip a success

Peter Griffin posted in on March 15th, 2010.

The NIWA ship Tangaroa has arrived back in Wellington harbour after 6 weeks at sea, and has data that its crew says proves that whaling research need not be fatal for the whales. The ship carried 18 scientists from New Zealand, Australia and France. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The expedition collected more than […]

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