Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Whale science work in progress

The outcome document of the regional scientific workshop "Whales & Fish Interactions: Are Great Whales a Threat to Fisheries?" which I've helped the Lenfest Ocean Program and WWF-WAMER organize in Dakar earlier this month is now available on the Lenfest Ocean Program website.

Fourty-four participants from twelve different countries participated in the workshop held to review the preliminary results of a study commissioned by the Lenfest Ocean Program to help throw some light [maybe also some common sense] in the so-called "whales eat fish debate" [put simply: is it the few remaining whales, or destructive fishing practices and overfishing, that are responsible for the collapse of fish stocks?].

The Lenfest scientists are now planning to discuss their review at next month's meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Santiago, Chile.

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