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HSI Reports & Factsheets      

Marine Conservation


HSI Reports


Food for Thought: Competition between Marine Mammals and Fisheries By K. Kashner and D. Pauly (2004). A comparison between commercial fisheries and large whales as top consumers in marine ecosystems, which shows that commercial fisheries take far more fish than whales. Download PDF (559 kB)

Large Whales and Fisheries: Mapping Top Consumers in Marine Ecosystems Past and Present - More Food for Thought (Executive Summary) By K. Kaschner, L. B. Christensen, R. Watson, J. Beblow, S. Martell (2006). An updated version of the report above, using more recent data but with the same conclusion. Download PDF (584 kB)

Its not just poor science ' “ Japan' s ' ˜scientific' whaling may be a human health risk too By E. C. M. Parsons, N. Rose, C. Bass, C. Perry, M. Simmonds (2006). An article in Marine Pollution Bulletin which describes the frequent occurrence of a disease-causing pathogen in commercially-sold whale meat in Japan, as well as high levels of various pollutants. Download PDF (90 kB)

Whales competing? An analysis of the claim that some whales eat so much that they threaten fisheries and the survival of other whales By S. Holt (2006). A critical analysis of two Japanese documents which claim that whales eat such enormous quantities of fish that they are serious ' ˜enemies' of fishermen. The analysis shows that the Japanese studies have no scientific basis and are essentially irrelevant to the study of the impacts of fishing on whales and vice versa. Access  PDF

Time to refocus A constructive vision for the evolution and future of the International Whaling Commission as a cetacean protection organisation (2008). English version Download PDF (673 kB) Spanish version Download PDF (907 kB)

Who' s Eating All the Fish? The Food Security Rationale for Culling Cetaceans A Report to Humane Society International By Wilf Swartz and Daniel Pauly. This report debunks the argument that whales are responsible for the decline of global fisheries. While this is a claim often made by whaling nations to garner support for their whaling activities, particularly from developing countries, this report has now categorically shown that it is over-fishing and excess fishing capacity that are to blame for diminishing fish stocks. Download PDF (1.2 MB)
NGO statement on welfare issues for IWC 59 A statement signed by NGOs representing over 20 million people in 20 countries detailing the objections to commercial whaling on animal welfare grounds. Download PDF (222 kB)


Troubled Waters A review of the welfare implications of modern whaling. Forward by Sir David Attenborough. Edited by Philippa Brakes, Andrew Butterworth, Mark Simmonds & Philip Lymberry with contributions from HSI's Kitty Block and Dr Naomi Rose. Published by WSPA 2004.

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The RMS - A Question of Confidence? By S. Altherr, K. Block and S. Fisher (2005)
Executive summary Download PDF (26 kB)
Full report A report describing the inadequacies of the proposed management scheme to regulate commercial whaling, the Revised Management Scheme (RMS)


HSI Factsheets

Save whales - not whaling Download PDF (421 kB)
Why save whales Download PDF (508 kB)
The fallacy of humane killing Download PDF (514 kB)
Human health concerns of whale meat Download PDF (500 kB)
Solutions: benefiting whales and people Download PDF (504 kB)
Pro-whaling nations: the lengths to which they will go Download PDF (518 kB)
Total number of whales killed since the IWC moratorium came into effect. 
Tables and bar charts showing the number of whales killed since 1986, the country responsible and whether they were hunted under scientific permit or an reservation to the moratorium. Download PDF (36 kB)


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