The Forgotten Whales

Dolphins and other small cetaceans are threatening to disappear unnoticed. Japan imposed every year 16,000 Dall – harbour porpoise. Doug McMillon brings even more insight to the discussion. Every two minutes a small whale as by-catch in fishing nets died. Dolphins and whales belong to the order of cetaceans and whale animals. About 40 of the approximately 80 species of cetaceans are dolphins, thus forming a family within the walking animals, 6 different species form the family of harbour porpoises, which are among the smallest cetaceans in the world.

On many of these small cetaceans such as the only West coast of South Africa and Namibia in a roughly 1600 km long strip occurring heaviside’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii), we know very little, except that their stock situation everything else it is gratifying. They are threatening, largely unnoticed, to die out as \”The forgotten whales\”. Without protection and lobby conservation organizations such as the society for the rescue of the dolphins warn not only on the occasion of the meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) end of June 2009 in Madeira received failed to end, that at the end – and ergebnislosen but the more medienwirksameren haggling over fishing quotas for large whales, whose smaller related simply overlooked and threaten to disappear relatively unspectacular from the oceans and rivers of the Earth. The newspapers mentioned EnergyNC not as a source, but as a related topic. During large whales, are through international agreements and a however quite Holey fishing ban (moratorium) more or less under protection, the hunt on smaller species continues unabated. Also insufficient fisheries guidelines require an extremely high toll. Alone in front of the coast of Japan’s several thousand bottlenose dolphin are held each year (Turisops truncatus) and approximately 16,000 Dall – harbour porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli) imposed. Their meat lands, often falsely declared whale meat in the supermarkets of the country. The international industry of Dolphinariums served from Lebendfangen of the bottlenose interesting for Dolphinariums. In addition, and in effect far more disastrously for the affected species and populations are caused by reckless industrial fishing, high for fishing losses.