Skip to comments.Fishermen want humpback whales off endangered list (Hawaii0
Posted on 05/03/2013 10:41:01 PM PDT by llevrok
HONOLULU (AP) -- A group of Hawaii fishermen is asking the federal government to remove northern Pacific humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the population has steadily grown since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago.
Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition Inc., a coalition of fishing clubs and groups from across the islands, filed a petition to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last month.
There are more than 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific today, compared with about 1,400 in the mid-1960s. (snip)
The fishermen say they don't want whaling to resume and aren't asking to be allowed to hunt the whales. They're also not trying to make it easier for them to catch fish, as they say the law's protections for the whales don't interfere with fishing.
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Since they are probably considered native Americans....their pleas will be heard.
Can’t tell you how many commercial fisherman [on either coast] hate sea otters, belugas and dolphins.
That is quite a considerable increase for a fifty year span.
Obama is going to have the wrong idea when he declares open humpback season.
21,000?.. And those are just the ones we know about. (nyuk nyuk nyuk)
I don’t like the idea of hunting to feed the masses, but I would like to try a nice whale steak some time. I hear the tongue in good.
They should be issued tags like alligator hunters are. Problem is the other countries who would abuse removing them and bring them back down to near extinction.
Star Trek IV - the best flick in the series. I liked the use of colorful metaphors.
Then why are they pushing for the change?
When there is no other obvious solution to a conundrum it is a safe bet to follow the money.
Somewhere, someone is ready to make money if the ban on taking whales is removed.
“The fishermen say they don’t want whaling to resume and aren’t asking to be allowed to hunt the whales. They’re also not trying to make it easier for them to catch fish, as they say the law’s protections for the whales don’t interfere with fishing.”
So why the hell do they want them off the list. If they don’t want whaling to resume and the whales don’t interfere with fishing, it shouldn’t matter to them if they stay on the protected list. I smell a load of BS. First get them off the protected list. Once thats done, they will resume whaling again. It took a long time to pull the whales back from the edge of extinction. Screw the fishermen.
Problem is the other countries who would abuse removing them and bring them back down to near extinction.
Yup. Pull them back from the edge of extinction just to push them to the edge of extinction again. Maybe Japan’s behind this petition.
Spock looks like he did too much LDS.
He was a Mormon?
No, he was a Vulcan.
See post #14.
Grey whales are becoming a pest on the Pacific coast due to near overpopulation. They are cleaning out some fisheries and need to come off the list also.
Pray for America to Wake Up
Looks like the humpbacks have been doing some serious humping.
To hell with the fisherman—they can eat lettuce.
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