The organization started JAPRA (Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic), and whaling was conducted as a part of the research.
According to ICR, the most recent JARPA review by the IWC's Scientific Committee in December 2006 concluded as follows.
"the dataset provides a valuable resource to allow investigation of some aspects of the role of whales within the marine ecosystem and that this has the potential to make an important conntribution to the Scientific Committee's work in this regard as well as the work of other relevant bodies such as the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources" and,
"the results from the research program have the potential to improve management of minke whales in the Southern Hemisphere"
As the result of the dedicated research, ICR received the authorization by IWC to conduct another series of study called JAPRAII.
Visit the official website of IRC (English ) for more details. Abundant data is available on the webpage.
On February 18, IRC decided to return its research vessel from the Antarctic due to the repeated and illegal attacks inflicted by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Because of the SSCS's illegal acts, the lawful research of the Japanese vessel was ceased.
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They are driven by different motives, but they share one thing in common - they are both outlaws.
The Australian government has been gladly allowing the SSCS to use one of its port, and thus he deserves condemnation.
The American government, who has been tolerating the tax exemption for SSCS, needs to order the organization to respect the international law if he wants to claim himself as the world's police.
I don't think it's worthwhile to explain the illegality of SSCS's activities.
Finally, I need to mention those who support SSCS without enough knowledge on what has been done by the organization. It's quite likely that the supporters are good people who love nature, but I'm obliged to state the following.
They need to truly appreciate the organization before they start supporting it. Without the prerequisite, it turns into mere masturbation. As to the people who support SSCC knowing all the facts, I admit that the prospect of changing their minds is not much. I wish there was a good way to understand their logic.
I wonder why these "environmental activists" don't invest donated money in scientific study to prove ICR's dataset to be incorrect and demand ICR's research to be stopped, instead of coming all the way to Japan to give the fishery a crossfire.
Can any of you feel their respect to the Japanese man?
"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home."