Future of Whaling and Bluefin Tuna in Japan After Earthquake

There are a few bright spots that have occurred in the wake of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan. This natural disaster has decimated the Japanese whaling fleet to the point it will take many years to build back up to past strength. However, with activists such as the Sea Shepherd it might take even longer.

The New York Times stated earlier in 2011 that the Japanese called off their yearly whale-hunting season early. Japan targets around 900 whales a year. However, with the ships returning north estimated numbers are that only 172 whales harvested. Hunting whales are prohibited, but the Japanese get around this by saying killing these whales are for scientific research. It was also stated that this is the first time environmentalists have successfully stopped hunting efforts.

Now it seems that conservationists got more good news, in the wake of the earthquake that has hit Japan. With the whaling fleet in the docks at the time, the earthquake hit most of the ships should be damaged if not quite inoperable. While the earthquake has made an overwhelming impact on humans, it seems that mother nature decided to strike back for fishing her oceans to non existence.

Whales are not the only animals to have benefited from this natural disaster. The Northern Bluefin Tuna has been overfished to the point of extinction. Japan is one of the staunchest opponents in giving the tuna international management. According to BBC.com, Northern Bluefin Tuna, which can be sold for over 150,000 dollars in Japan, is one of the most popular dishes. However, the tuna should get the chance to recover from the fishing pressure that Japan has put on it. Japan will no longer be able to afford these prices for this critically endangered fish while they try and rebuild their nation.

Watching the devastation in Japan is witnessing karma in action. Taiji, Japan kills thousands of dolphins each year. They accomplish this extraordinary feat my trapping dolphins in a cove and harvest them by any means necessary. Japan has claimed that they kill the dolphins humanely, but after watching The Cove, I must not know the meaning of humane.

Natural disasters are a tragedy, because many innocent lives are lost in the process. However, this disaster might have saved many fishing stocks around the world from totally collapsing. This would allow these stocks to recover and be available to provide for future generations.

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