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Tsunami stalls Japan's Dall’s porpoise slaughter, but for how long? - Comment - The Ecologist

Tsunami stalls Japan's Dall’s porpoise slaughter, but for how long? - Comment - The Ecologist

The start of November marked the official opening of Japan’s annual hunt of the Dall’s porpoise, the largest direct hunt of any whale, dolphin and porpoise in the world. If this were a normal year, the seas off the port of Otsuchi, in the prefecture of Iwate in north-eastern Japan, would be stained red for the six-month duration of the hand harpoon hunt. But it’s not a normal year. Otsuchi and the surrounding region were devastated in March’s tsunami; citizens killed or displaced, coastal infrastructure and industry shattered. In the past, the Dall’s hunt has resulted in the annual butchery of up to 15,000 porpoises, although that figure has been slowly declining and in 2009, the last year for which numbers are available, it was about half that. International Whaling Commission (IWC) scientists have previously described the Dall’s hunt as 'clearly unsustainable'. Informati...

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