(KR) Korea seeks non-lethal whale research/ Korea Herald
Korea seeks non-lethal whale research
*Korea plans to conduct scientific research of whales through non-lethal
methods, government officials said Tuesday.
“After gathering opinions from various sides, the government is now in the
process of finalizing its plan to study whales through non-lethal
techniques, like many other countries such as Australia do,” an official at
the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.
The government had initially sought to lift an all-out ban on whaling,
which has been in place since 1986, to allow the study and had notified the
International Whaling Commission in July of its plan.
The move, however, sparked strong protests from anti-whaling countries as
well as domestic conservation groups, and the government decided to keep
the ban on whale hunting and seek non-lethal methods.
Fishermen in Ulsan, a city with a long-running whaling tradition, have been
demanding the government to ease the ban, claiming that the marine mammals
are depleting fish stocks.
Whale meat remains popular in the city and some other coastal towns of
Korea with whales accidentally caught in nets remaining the only legal
source of such meat.
By Lee Sun-young (milaya@...) *
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