"U.S. Leads New Bid to Phase Out Whale Hunting"

"The United States is leading an effort by a handful of antiwhaling nations to broker an agreement that would limit and ultimately end whale hunting by Japan, Norway  and Iceland, according to people involved with the negotiations.

The compromise deal, which has generated intense controversy within the 88-nation International Whaling Commission and among antiwhaling activists, would allow the three whaling countries to continue hunting whales for the next 10 years, although in reduced numbers.

In exchange, the whaling nations -- which have long exploited loopholes in an international treaty that aims to preserve the marine mammals -- would agree to stricter monitoring of their operations, including the placing of tracking devices and international monitors on all whaling ships and participation in a whale DNA registry to track global trade in whale products.

Officials involved in the negotiations expressed tentative hope that they could reach an agreement in coming weeks. But ratification by the overall group remains uncertain."

John M. Broder reports for the New York Times April 14, 2010.

See Also:

"Obama Needs to Uphold Whaling Ban" (Earth Island Journal)

"From the Sea to a Sushi Plate, a Trail of DNA" (Green Inc.)

"Japanese Whalers Blame Sea Shepherd for Smallest Catch in Years" (Guardian)

"Whale Hunting Deal Could Limit Japan's Catch" (Guardian)

"Whaling Profitable but Bad for Iceland's Image" (IPS)

Editorial: "Whale Wars -- the Uneasy Hunt for a Solution" (Christian Science Monitor)

Source: NYTimes, 04/16/2010