Japón vende carne de ballena protegida para hacer sushi


Un estudio de ADN corrobora la venta clandestina en EEUU y Corea del Sur

La carne de las ballenas que Japón pesca como parte de su programa científico acaba servida como sushi en restaurantes de EEUU y Corea del Sur. Así lo ha demostrado el análisis del ADN de pescado crudo ofrecido por dos restaurantes, uno en cada país, y cuyos resultados publica hoy la versión digital de la revista Biology Letters.

Desde 1986, una moratoria de la Comisión Ballenera Internacional prohíbe el comercio transfronterizo de carne de ballena. Esto no impide que países como Japón sigan cazando a los mamíferos, ya no de forma comercial, sino como parte de su programa científico. El proyecto ha sido tachado por ecologistas y países como Australia o Nueva Zelanda de simple tapadera de la pesca comercial.

Eso es lo que corrobora a pequeña escala el nuevo estudio, firmado por investigadores y ecologistas, incluido el director del documental The Cove sobre la pesca de cetáceos en Japón, que ganó el Oscar este año.

 

Como parte del estudio, reflejado en la película, investigadores de la Universidad Estatal de Oregón analizaron el ADN de sushi servido por un restaurante de Los Ángeles y otro de Seúl en 2009. Las secuencias de ADN mitocondrial analizadas en ambos casos coincidían con otras extraídas de filetes de ballenas adquiridos en Japón en 2007 y 2008. Todas las especies de ballena detectadas están sujetas a prohibición de comercio internacional según la Convención sobre el Comercio Internacional de Especies Amenazadas (CITES).

Los autores del trabajo han pedido a Japón y Noruega, otro país ballenero, que hagan públicos sus listados del ADN de los ejemplares pescados, lo que facilitaría rastrear cada trozo de sushi vendido en el mundo hasta su origen.

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SONGLINES documents the evolution of the intricate and beautiful East Australian Humpback song. An hour of pristine digital recordings selected from five different years between 1992 and 2008 which draw the listener into a mysterious and majestic world.

Established in 1988, The Oceania Project is an independent, non-profit research organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and the oceans.

Humpback whale songs are transferred from year to year and evolve in a similar fashion to the verbally transmitted tribal lore of Aboriginal cultures from where the term songlines is derived.

The East Australian Humpback Whales travel in an unending cycle of migration between their birthplace in the inter-reef lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef and their Antarctic feeding areas.

Their world is comprised of vast stretches of ocean where songs emitted by the Humpback Whales can be heard over great distances. Each year the whales sing a new song. Haunting melodies of radiant joy which fill the ocean along the East Coast of Australia.

When ecosystems across the planet are collapsing and species are becoming extinct at an accelerating rate, the East Australian Humpback Whales are making a remarkable recovery. They have become Australia’s national treasure and a symbol of hope for our imperiled environment.

We as the new generation of caretakers of the planet Earth have learnt from the mistakes of our elders and are helping nurture the Rebirth of a Species.

Audio CD: 5 Tracks, running time 60 minutes. Track 3 features Migaloo the White Whale recorded in 1998.

This is the trailer for Angels of the Sea, a feature documentary on The Oceania Project, broadcast nationally by The Seven Network Australia.

This film was produced in 1994 from footage taken aboard ‘Our Svanan’, one of the square-rigged ships which Trish and Wally chartered during the first five years of their whale research expeditions.

In 1983, Trish and Wally were invited to be the Project Managers of an Australian Bicentennial Project called ‘The First Fleet Re-enactment Voyage’.

Trish and Wally’s involvement in the ‘The First Fleet’ (between 1983 and 1988) gave them a deeper understanding of the role of the sailing ship during the history of commercial whaling as well as the role of ship technology in the perpetration of the near genocide of the whale nation.

We kindly thank Mr. John Farnham for adding his voice to this film: http://johnfarnham.com.au

SONGLINES documents the evolution of the intricate and beautiful East Australian Humpback song. An hour of pristine digital recordings selected from five different years between 1992 and 2008 which draw the listener into a mysterious and majestic world.

Established in 1988, The Oceania Project is an independent, non-profit research organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and the oceans.

Humpback whale songs are transferred from year to year and evolve in a similar fashion to the verbally transmitted tribal lore of Aboriginal cultures from where the term songlines is derived.

The East Australian Humpback Whales travel in an unending cycle of migration between their birthplace in the inter-reef lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef and their Antarctic feeding areas.

Their world is comprised of vast stretches of ocean where songs emitted by the Humpback Whales can be heard over great distances. Each year the whales sing a new song. Haunting melodies of radiant joy which fill the ocean along the East Coast of Australia.

When ecosystems across the planet are collapsing and species are becoming extinct at an accelerating rate, the East Australian Humpback Whales are making a remarkable recovery. They have become Australia’s national treasure and a symbol of hope for our imperiled environment.

We as the new generation of caretakers of the planet Earth have learnt from the mistakes of our elders and are helping nurture the Rebirth of a Species.

Nanda & Bala are two young whales we encountered during the second week of our 2007 research expeditions.

We granted The National Geographic Society’s request to shoot a documentary aboard our research vessel. Annie, the host, and her cameraman can be seen in the foreground.

SONGLINES documents the evolution of the intricate and beautiful East Australian Humpback song. An hour of pristine digital recordings selected from five different years between 1992 and 2008 which draw the listener into a mysterious and majestic world.

Established in 1988, The Oceania Project is an independent, non-profit research organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and the oceans.

Humpback whale songs are transferred from year to year and evolve in a similar fashion to the verbally transmitted tribal lore of Aboriginal cultures from where the term songlines is derived.

The East Australian Humpback Whales travel in an unending cycle of migration between their birthplace in the inter-reef lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef and their Antarctic feeding areas.

Their world is comprised of vast stretches of ocean where songs emitted by the Humpback Whales can be heard over great distances. Each year the whales sing a new song. Haunting melodies of radiant joy which fill the ocean along the East Coast of Australia.

When ecosystems across the planet are collapsing and species are becoming extinct at an accelerating rate, the East Australian Humpback Whales are making a remarkable recovery. They have become Australia’s national treasure and a symbol of hope for our imperiled environment.

We as the new generation of caretakers of the planet Earth have learnt from the mistakes of our elders and are helping nurture the Rebirth of a Species.

A Polar Whale’s Appeal

SALVEMOS EL MAR

Documental que denuncia, a través de impactantes imágenes, el daño que la sobrepesca está haciendo a los océanos y las consecuencias globales que puede tener en la biodiversidad marina y en nuestra propia vida.

Filmado durante más de dos años siguiendo las investigaciones de Charles Clover, periodista del Daily Telegraph, el documental examina la inminente extinción del atún rojo, fundamentalmente producida por el aumento de la demanda occidental de sushi, y revela que si el sector de la pesca no se regula, en el año 2048 podrían haber desaparecido de nuestros mares todos los peces comestibles, lo que provocaría una hambruna que afectaría a millones de personas y dejaría en paro a todo el sector pesquero mundial.

Hay, sin embargo, un mensaje positivo: la sobreexplotación se podría evitar mediante la regulación de la industria y la protección de ciertas áreas a fin de conservar los recursos naturales…

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