Small Cetaceans of Japan Exploitation and Biology
This book summarizes and analyzes the biology, ecology, exploitation and management of small cetaceans in Japan. It describes the various types of cetacean fisheries in Japan and their historical development, the life histories and ecologies of the main species involved, and the history and problems of conservation and management. The data show that in some cases the number of small cetaceans harvested exceed sustainable limits and have led to depletion of populations. The book provides a case study of what can go wrong when the needs of industry and conservation collide. The descriptions of life history and ecology are relevant to issues of conservation and management, not just for cetaceans, but for all fisheries around the world.
Whales, Dolphins and Men. History of Japanese Cetacean Fisheries. Outline of History of Small-Cetacean Fisheries. Handharpoon Fishery for Dolphins and Porpoises. Drive Fisheries for Dolphins. Small-type Whaling. Management of Cetacean Fisheries in Japan. Regulation of Fisheries for Dolphins and Porpoises. Moving Toward the End of Commercial Whaling. Biology. Finless Porpoise. Dall’s Porpoise. Striped Dolphin. Bottlenose Dolphins. Short-finned Pilot Whale. Baird’s Beaked Whale. Pacific White-sided Dolphin. Cetacean Conservation and Biologists. Postscript. Appendices.