What is now reply 16 lacks a bit of context after the sudden extinction of a few other posts.
I was commenting on a suggestion that catching whales in the Antarctic waters is similar to, or indeed is poaching. A related activity has been Japanese tuna fishing in Australian controlled waters.
"It should be noted that this is as well as Japanese fishing boats having
broken AGREED tuna quotas in Australian waters for some years, probably
over 10 years. And some of the tuna stocks are severely depleted." was previously posted and appears relevant to the issue.
The tuna fishing relates to a jurisdiction where the Japanese acknowledge Australia does have legal authority, but it appears that they have systematically gone over their quotas. It is not clear if this has been with their government's knowledge, but that seems at the very least likely. It is an example where the Japanese have ignored well documented and AGREED data on the level of catches that would endanger the tuna stocks.
The whaling can in many ways be regarded as an extension of that kind of activity to a different area for a different type of catch. Even the Japanese have agreed that their tuna fishing has been in part illegal, although nobody down here is holding their breath waiting for them to conform to the agreements.
Pity that article misses the thousands of the number of tonnes caught.
This next link gives an indication of the extent of the issue.
"SHANE MCLEOD: For the past 20 years, Japan has exceeded its legal limit. It's plundered an extra 178,000 tonnes of southern bluefin tuna. Its value, somewhere between $6 and $8 billion.
HAGEN STEHR: I know Mr Hurry quite well and he is an absolute diplomat.
But I can assure you, those figures are very, very conservative.
SHANE MCLEOD: In fact, Australian authorities concede the true figure is much higher in the vicinity of 250,000 tonnes, worth in excess of $10 billion.
HAGEN STEHR: What is so upsetting is that this could've sacrificed the Australian industry. It is skulduggery. It is an international crime.
SHANE MCLEOD: The initial disbelief and indignation among Japan's fishing authorities has given way to a sense of national embarrassment and shame.
JAPANESE TUNA FISHERMAN (TRANSLATED): Japanese vessels caught too much. Overfishing is a crime, and it's embarrassing. We should reflect on our conduct and I think the Japanese government needs to act so these things won't happen again
SHANE MCLEOD: Yuichiro Harada is the head of OPRT, the Organisation for the Promotion of Responsible Tuna Fishing.
YUICHIDO HARADA, OPRT: Of course we are ashamed that the incident, the overcatch, happened. My controlling mechanism was not effective.
SHANE MCLEOD: Australia declined to launch a prosecution in the International Court of Justice. Instead, Japan has accepted its southern bluefin tuna quota be slashed in half over the next five years, a tacit admission of its guilt.
YUICHIRO HARADA: It's a matter of principle. Japan declared to be responsible fishing nation.
SHANE MCLEOD: Japan has only 2 per cent of the world's population, yet Japanese eat a chunky 10 per cent of the global fish catch."
Maybe a similar exchange will come from the whaling. Note the Japanese embarrassment at getting caught.