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IWC Shuts Down A Proposal To Create A Sanctuary For South Atlantic Whales

The issue has fractured the IWC for decades and there appears to be no room for compromise on either side.

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An effort to create a safe haven for whales in the South Atlantic was defeated Tuesday at the meeting of the (IWC) in Brazil.

The proposal, which was introduced by Brazil in 2001, received support from 39 countries but was opposed by 25, denying it the three-quarters’ majority it needed to pass.

Environmental organizations and conservationists had argued that the sanctuary would not only keep the mammoth mammals safe from hunting, but also protect them from getting entangled in fishing gear or being struck by ships.

But pro-whaling nations, led by Japan, argued there was no need for the sanctuary because no countries were conducting commercial whale hunting in the South Atlantic.

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The South Atlantic Whale. Pixabay

Brazilian Environmental Minister Edson Duarte vowed to push to get the proposal passed at future meetings of the IWC.

“We will work in other meetings of this commission this year to ensure that the sanctuary will finally be created,” Duarte said.

Pro-whaling nations, including Japan, Iceland and Norway, are pushing for resumption of sustainable hunting of whales and are unlikely to allow for the creation of a sanctuary unless their demand is met.

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The proposal, which was introduced by Brazil in 2001, received support from 39 countries but was opposed by 25.

 

Japan, which has pushed for an amendment to the ban for years, accuses the IWC of siding with anti-whaling nations rather than trying to reach a compromise between conservationists and whalers.

 

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The issue has fractured the IWC for decades and there appears to be no room for compromise on either side.

The conference ends Sept. 14. (VOA)

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Turtles found injured had serious wounds and barely survived after they were taken to a rehabilitation centre for treatment.

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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, Wikimedia Commons

Thai authorities have said that in less than two months, more than 20 sea turtles had been killed from plastic or fish net wraps.

Thorn Thamrongnavaswasdi, vice dean of the fisheries faculty of Kasetsart University, said on Monday that the sea turtles washed upon the shores of Phuket and Phan-nga beaches provinces could not survive as the trapped sea animals suffocated in plastic waste bags or struggled tremendously in fishing nets, reports Xinhua news agency.

The marine scientist said that more than 20 green turtles and Olive Ridley turtles were found on Mai Khao beach in the Sirinart national park in Phuket and the beach in Thai Muang national park in Phang-nga province in the past two months.

 

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Sea Turtles,

 

He said many were found dead with plastic or pieces of fish net wrapped around the turtles’ legs or necks.

Thorn also said turtles found injured had serious wounds and barely survived after they were taken to a rehabilitation centre for treatment.

Mai Khao and Thai Muang beaches have been the spawning ground for sea turtles which come to the beaches during October-February period.

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A plastic bottle washed up by the sea . (VOA)

Thorn however said the leatherback turtles have been missing for four years now.

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In June this year on World Environment Day, the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment along with several ministries, pledged to raise public awareness against the use of plastic by launching a campaign called “Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”. (IANS)