« Note:Organisation of Fisheries Agency | トップページ | Minutes of the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Special Permit Research Whaling ≪2/5≫ »

2011-08-30

Minutes of the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Special Permit Research Whaling≪1/5≫

http://www.jfa.maff.go.jp/j/study/enyou/pdf/gizigaiyo2.pdf
[The translation is not official.]

--------------- Notes on this translation ---------------
This translation is provisional and does not have the approval of the organizers, MAFF.
The original is available (in Japanese) at: http://www.jfa.maff.go.jp/j/study/enyou/pdf/gizigaiyo2.pdf
“Document 4” is available (in Japanese) at http://www.jfa.maff.go.jp/j/study/enyou/pdf/shiryo2_4.pdf
Bilingual “Document 5” is available at http://www.jfa.maff.go.jp/j/study/enyou/pdf/shiryo2_5.pdf
Notes in square brackets [ ] are intended to clarify nuances for the foreign reader.
“Agenda topics”, not included in the MAFF minutes, have been added from Document 4 .
A diagram of the organization of MAFF is also appended.
The titles and affiliations of the committee members have been added for perspective.
In this document, Japan’s Whaling Research Program is known by MAFF’s term “Special Permit Research Whaling”
---------------------------------------------------

1. Date & Time
Tuesday, 17th May 2011 14:00-17:03

2. Place
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Special Conference Room 2

3. Attendees
Chairman:
Nobutaka Tsutsui, Senior Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Committee Members:
Tomoya Akimichi, Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Hisa Anan, Director-General, “Shodanren” (“Consumers Japan” the National Liaison Committee of Consumer Organisations)
Kazumi Sakuramoto, Professor, Ph.D., Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Toru Takanarita, Professor, Sendai University
Naoya Tanigawa, Associate Professor, Chuogakuin University
Ichiro Nomura, Former Director-General, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Moritaka Hayashi, Professor emeritus, Waseda University
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) staff:
Masanori Miyahara, Deputy Director-General of Fisheries Agency (->FA) [Moderator],
Akira Inoue, Director of Resources Management Dept. (RMD = dep’t of FA)
Kenji Kagawa, Councillor, Resources Management Dept,
Katsuma Hanafusa, Director of Far Seas Fisheries Division(FSFD =div’n of RMD)
Tatsuya Nakaoku, Investigator, FSFD
Shigeki Takaya, Specialist, International Affairs Division (IAD =div’n of RMD)

(Titles and affiliations are omitted after each speaker’s first comment)

4. Minutes of the proceedings
After confirming the non-disclosure of discussion on Section 2, the meeting proceeded as follows;

Section 1: The Current Situation of Special Permit Research Whaling

(Explanation of documents No. 4 and 5 by Mr. Hanafusa, Director FSFD, RMD.)
Agenda topics
1 An overview of Japan’s Special Permit Research Whaling program and Whaling in general
2 The structure of the Special Permit Research Whaling program
3 The results of the Special Permit Research Whaling program
4 The sales mechanism for by-products
5 Sales and distribution of by-products
6 Changes in whalemeat stocks, supply and demand
7 Financial state of the ICR
8 Harassment by anti-whaling NGOs


○Mr. Nomura, Committee member -
  As I’m sure everyone will have many questions to ask, may I suggest we proceed section by section?

○Mr. Miyahara, Deputy Director-General of Fisheries Agency -
  Then, we will proceed section by section, and hear your overall opinions once we have covered all sections. For now, let us start with the first three pages in document No.4.

○Nomura -
   First, on page 1, would you explain why only 119 of the North Pacific quota of 220 common minke whales were caught?
Second, on page 2, only 1 catcher ship was allocated in 2010. We understand that two multi-purpose vessels were allocated for spotting and to deal with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SS), however, we would like to know why the number of catcher ships was decreased from 2 to 1 while the quota remained the same.

○Mr. Hanafusa, Director of Far Seas Fisheries Division, RMD -
As for, why only 119 out of 220 minke were captured, it could be that few minke were found because of oceanic environmental changes. We managed to capture only about 40 whales from the [North Pacific] offshore quota of 100. As we understand it, higher water temperature hastened the whales’ migration northward, so we were unable to fulfill the quota before the research period ended. Moreover, bad weather, with fog and high waves, made it difficult to spot whales and may have affected performance.

Two multi-purpose vessels were allocated because SS had two vessels and we needed to have an equal number to deal with them. The number of catcher ships was decreased from two to one to reduce costs as much as possible, as our net asset value has been declining due to our continued deficit. However, we had estimated that it would be possible to achieve the quota by using one of the multi-purpose vessels as a catcher when there was no harassment.

○Nomura -
  In a perfect world, it might have been possible. However it still would not have been possible to fill the quota if there were any harassment. Decreasing the number of whaling vessels from two to one suggests that you had already given up on filling the quota from the start.

○Hanafusa -
Of course, that is not what we planned. There is no change in the plan to capture 850 whales as required for the scientific research program.

○Mr. Takaya, Specialist, International Affairs Division RMD-
Based on the numbers and consistency of past catches, we believe it is perfectly possible to catch the full quota. In fact, it is the capacity of the mother vessel (factory ship) that limits the catch volume, and there would be no problem achieving the catch target if 2 catcher ships were fully available.

|

« Note:Organisation of Fisheries Agency | トップページ | Minutes of the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Special Permit Research Whaling ≪2/5≫ »

Japanese Fisheries Agency」カテゴリの記事

コメント

コメントを書く



(ウェブ上には掲載しません)




トラックバック

この記事のトラックバックURL:
http://app.f.cocolog-nifty.com/t/trackback/1515348/41418364

この記事へのトラックバック一覧です: Minutes of the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Special Permit Research Whaling≪1/5≫:

« Note:Organisation of Fisheries Agency | トップページ | Minutes of the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Special Permit Research Whaling ≪2/5≫ »