Secretary General of the Cabinet, Yoshihide Suga stated the hunt will be limited to Japan’s territorial waters and its 200 mile exclusive economic zone along the nation’s coasts, which Japan will stop its yearly whaling expeditions in the Antarctic and Northwest Pacific Oceans.
Japan will resume commercial whaling in July 2019 following A 30 year absence based on Japan’s fundamental policy of promoting sustainable utilization of aquatic living resources based on scientific proof.
He explained. Unfortunately, we’ve reached a decision it’s impossible from the IWC to seek the coexistence of states with various views, Suga stated.
Suga explained The IWC has been dominated by environmentalists and Japan was frustrated over its attempts to manage whale stocks although The ICC has a treaty mandate for whale preservation and the development of whaling business. The IWC imposed a commercial moratorium from the eighties because of a dwindling whale population.
Japan switched to what it requires research whaling and states stocks have recovered enough to resume commercial hunt. The research program has been criticized as a cover for commercials searching as the meat is offered on the marketplace at home.
Environmental group Greenpeace condemned the decision and contested Japan’s opinion that the whale stocks have recovered, noting that ocean life’s being threatened by pollution as well as overfishing.
The declaration today is out of step with the international community, let alone the protection required protecting the future of the oceans and these majestic creatures. The government of Japan must urgently act to preserve marine ecosystems, as opposed to resume commercial whaling, Sam Annesley, executive director at Greenpeace Japan, said in a statement.
Japan has hunted whales for hundreds of years, but has reduced its catch following international protests and declining demand for whale meat at home.
The withdrawal from the IWC can be a face saving measure to stop Japan’s ambitious Antarctic hunt and scale down the scope of whaling to around the Western coasts. Fisheries officials have stated Japan annually consumes thousands of tons of whale meat from the research hunts, mainly by older Japanese looking for a nostalgic meal. But critics say they doubt the commercial whaling may be a sustainable business if Japanese young folks do not see whales as food.
Suga stated Japan will notify the IWC of its decision by December. 31 and remains committed to international cooperation on appropriate management of marine living resources after its IWC withdrawal.