News of the WeekMARINE BIOLOGY

Deal to Legalize Whaling Would Sideline Science

Science  30 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5978, pp. 557
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5978.557

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In a bid to tighten the organization's grip on its members' whaling and reduce the number of whales killed, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has proposed a controversial deal. In exchange for temporarily narrowing loopholes, Japan, Norway, and Iceland would be allowed to commercially hunt whales for 10 years. The draft proposal—and the catch limits unveiled in Washington, D.C., last week—have inflamed conservationists. They fear that legalizing any form of commercial whaling will open the door to other nations and ultimately lead to more, not fewer, whale deaths.