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Sidney Holt
Sidney Holt is a marine biologist whose significant contributions to fisheries management and whale conservation have earned numerous awards and professional distinction over decades of service. This includes 25 years with the United Nations in several roles and many years following as an adviser to both national governments and non-governmental organizations.
He also served as a member of the International Whaling Commission's "Committee of Three" scientists from 1960-1985 and played a key role in the establishment of the Indian and Southern Ocean whale sanctuaries as well as the 1982 global moratorium on commercial whaling.

More Aquatic Massacres and Holocausts
29 August 2011
I was thinking about patterns of killings after writing my piece on the Spice Islands a couple of weeks ago. Another Anglo-Dutch competitive-cooperative episode followed the Nutmeg caper. It was all about reaching Indonesia and Cathay (China)... (more)

More Madness
26 August 2011
While the Icelanders were killing blue, fin and sei whales through the unregulated post-WWII decades, Denmark was reporting large kills, at about half of Iceland’s rate, in the same period: mostly fins and sei but also the occasional blue whale... (more)

It's a Mad, Mad, Whaling World
24 August 2011
The Icelandic delegation to the IWC has behaved pretty obnoxiously, sometimes outright aggressively, since the country re-joined the IWC in October 2002 with a fake ‘objection’ (reservation) to the commercial whaling moratorium... (more)

ASW, Depletion and Extinction
24 August 2011
Many outside observers and commentators assume that when the International Whaling Commission sets a zero commercial catch limit for some whale species, and putative populations, it means that stock has been ‘depleted’ ... (more)

Un Piccolo Divertimento
22 August 2011
I have been mugging up on the relations in the 17th century between the Kingdom of England, Scotland and Wales (not yet ‘United’ because Northern Ireland had not yet been ‘integrated’), and the Republic of the United Netherlands... (more)

Let's take a look at ASW
21 August 2011
The IWC gathering in Panama next June is likely to be dominated by consideration of so-called aboriginal subsistence catch and strike limits for Denmark, Russia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and the United States... (more)

Prohibitions, Permissions, and Sanctuaries
20 August 2011
The approaches by companies and governments to the problems of facilitating the ‘orderly’ conduct of the whaling industry, ensuring its future if possible, and conserving the whale resources for the sake of human society (and for their own sake), have evolved... (more)

CITES - Better Still
19 August 2011
My good friend Peter Puerschel, who has been attending the CITES Standing Committee meeting in Geneva about which I wrote, ‘observing’ on behalf of IFAW, has clarified and put me right on a few things. Peter is always meticulous and prompt... (more)

Up the Norse!
19 August 2011
It is nice to be able to write something good about Norway. Let me explain. A few days ago, the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) was discussing the threats to elephants from the ivory trade... (more)

Norwegians as Whalers
18 August 2011
Norwegians, having invented ’Modern Whaling’, and sharing a near monopoly with Britain in the Antarctic in the 1930s and late 1940s, led in proposing rules that they claimed were to promote conservation. That was partly true though, as ever, the other driver was profit... (more)

Compassion and the Need for It
15 August 2011
Southern Harvester was at Leith harbour, South Georgia. Her sister, Southern Venturer, was making ready “to travel through the Straits of Magellan, to spend six weeks hunting sperm whales off Peru, in the plankton- and fish-rich Humboldt Current... (more)

There's Deals and Deals
15 August 2011
In blogs I wrote after the IWC meeting in Agadir, Morocco last year, I voiced concern about the continued presence, within the walls of the International Whaling Commission, of the Trojan Horse containing the ‘elements’ of a ‘deal’... (more)

Because We Can
14 August 2011
That’s what a young, masked looter in London told a TV reporter when he was asked, "Why are you doing this?" The second part of his response was made pointing across the Thames from Lewisham on the South Bank to Canary Wharf, one of London’s financial nuclei... (more)

Back to the Future
14 August 2011
Let me return to the Great Massacre, in which I have now also enlisted the iconic sperm whale along with the Great Baleens. Those who perpetrated that have left the scene, just as the English city looters drifted away with their booty and sold it for better things. Some are still hanging around, perhaps hoping to pick up a few remnants... (more)

Size Matters
13 August 2011
Last time around I promised to write about growth. In his recent fine book, ‘Mismanagement of Marine Fisheries’ (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Dr Alan Longhurst discusses the significance of the little-appreciated fact that fishes differ from terrestrial and aerial vertebrates by growing throughout their lives... (more)

9 August 2011
Originally, I thought to write about the Great Massacre of whales in the Antarctic from about 1910 to the mid-1970s. But that word seems now to be used mainly for instances in which numbers of humans are deliberately killed... (more)

There's Science and then there's Science
8 August 2011
In my previous blog I described the role of the United Nations in 1972, forcing slightly open the International Whaling Commission, facilitating the IWC’s shift to regulating commercial whaling on a species by species, population by population basis, as its scientists had long asked... (more)

The Monaco Proposal
7 August 2011
A couple of months ago the delegate of Monaco to a UN Working Group that is reviewing the Law of the Sea, who happens also to be Monaco’s Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), made an important proposal to the U.N... (more)

Deals and Consensus
3 August 2011
During the bizarre shambles that was the annual meeting of the IWC in Jersey, in July, I had an opportunity to chat with members of the US delegation (and others) which was what we in the science business call ‘the lead author’ of the effort to authorize commercial whaling outside the IWC’s hard-won management rules... (more)

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