24 Jan '12, 11pm

87 marine mammals still eaten by people

87 marine mammals still eaten by people

87 marine mammals still eaten by people Jeremy Hance mongabay.com January 24, 2012 Local fishers in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo with a butchered Atlantic humpback dolphin, a West African endemic that has been extirpated from much of its range as fisheries decline and people shift to other sources of protein. Photo by: Tim Collins. Threats to marine mammals usually include climate change, drowning as by-catch, pollution, depletion of prey, but what about eating marine mammals? A new study in Biological Conservation finds that a surprising 87 marine mammals—including polar bears, small whales, and dolphins—have been eaten as food since 1990 in at least 114 countries. "International regulatory bodies exist to gauge the status of whale populations and regulate the hunting of these giants," said lead author Martin D. Robards of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0124-hance_consumption_mari...

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