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The history of whaling is certainly not the most beautiful story that can be told. For many years, various species of whales were hunted by large fleets in pursuit of the valuable whale oil. Overexploitation of some whale stocks continued to be a problem for many decades into the 20th century. In this chapter, the author mentions a basic principle of the management of living marine resources, to put the issue of whaling into the context of other issues regarding the utilisation of living marine resources. The chapter discusses the interaction between marine science and policy regarding whaling. It emphasises that the disagreement regarding whaling does not revolve around whether or not endangered animals should be protected. Everyone agrees that it is important to work together to protect those species and stocks of whales that are endangered or vulnerable.

Keywords: environmental policy; International Whaling Commission (IWC); living marine resources; whale stocks; whaling



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