National | WHALE WATCHING May 19, 2002

IWC talks crucial, U.S. official says

by Mick Corliss

The international whaling meeting that opens Monday is the most important in 15 years, and its outcome is as hard to predict as it is significant, according to the head of the U.S. delegation. The International Whaling Commission plenary session is being held in Shimonoseki, ...

Legal mechanism flawed: wildlife expert

National | WHALE WATCHING May 16, 2002

Legal mechanism flawed: wildlife expert

by Mick Corliss

Japanese laws are ill-equipped to protect marine mammals and need an overhaul if these animals are to receive attention akin to their terrestrial counterparts, according to a leading wildlife expert. While experts from around the world discuss whaling questions at the ongoing International Whaling Commission ...

Japan seen polishing its harpoons

National | WHALE WATCHING May 14, 2002

Japan seen polishing its harpoons

by Mick Corliss

Japan's official in charge of whaling issues is optimistic that the prowhaling contingent will continue to make inroads at the International Whaling Commission talks in progress in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Joji Morishita, deputy director of the Fisheries Agency's Far Seas Fisheries Division, hopes the IWC's ...