“Korea rolls back decision to resume scientific whaling”: Korea Times, July 18th

Although containing some puzzling figures on whale numbers and claimed impacts on fisheries, this Korea Times/Yeonhap News article at least contains one decision that (if confirmed) can actually be celebrated by the conservation community:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/07/117_115346.html

Great work by those who lobbied against the re-start of legally sanctioned killing of whales in Korean waters by expressing their genuine, and science-based concerns (including as it happens, the IUCN: see http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/iucn_position_on_scientific_whaling_in_korea_13_july_2012.pdf).

Now, much more needs to be done to reduce so-called accidental bycatch, and to reduce the ease with which whale flesh can be bought in some markets and restaurants….

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