Cover - Whaling
  • Whaling
  • Volume 318
  • Editor: Justin Healey
  • Print book ISBN: 978 1 921507 29 8
  • Year: 2010

Unregulated commercial whaling has had a major impact on the world’s whale populations. In spite of a complete commercial whaling ban imposed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986, whales are still being killed on a daily basis by traditional whaling nations such as Japan, Norway and Iceland. And despite broad global concern for the depleting whale populations, there is still ongoing debate among IWC members over if and how whaling should continue. This book examines the history of whaling and focuses on Australia’s prominent role in trying to secure a compromise from the whaling nations, especially Japan, with whom diplomatic relations have become strained. The book also details Australian and international efforts to protect whales through sanctuaries, research and legal frameworks. Aboriginal subsistence whaling, ‘scientific’ whaling and commercial whaling ... what is entailed in each of these practices? Is there room for political compromise, or do these giants of the ocean need a globally binding conservation commitment to survive in the world’s already over-fished oceans?

Chapter 1: Whaling and Conservation

Chapter 2: The Whaling Debate

Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index