FROM THE CROWE'S NEST
Do we have a problem with entanglement? Yes. Is it the only problem? No. A range of factors has contributed to the small numbers of right whales, and whales in general. Those factors have paralleled the entanglement discussion, but remained on the sidelines global warming, pollution, climate change and ship strikes. According to Tora Johnsons (faculty member, College of the Atlantic) new book, Entanglements The International Fates of Whales and Fishermen, whale calving is directly affected by climate. Some years are better for calving than others. So who is or what is the problem? Your guess is as good as the feds, probably better.
When your life is dependent upon fishing and the people who are heading up the latest whale hearings on the whale regs have been asked numerous times where the entanglements have taken place and what kind of gear was found on the whales and their answer is, We dont know. Were data-starved, well, it can set you off.
When the number of acronyms that exist in entanglement terminology almost equals the number of right whales, one might ask, Are our taxes being well spent?
There are many issues beyond entanglements that affect the whale population, so why is there so much focus, energy, time, money being directed on the entanglement issue? Could it be because fishermen are an easy target?
Once again, I reiterate: what about global warming, pollution, climate change and ship strikes, the Canadian governments lax enforcement on the same issues that U.S. fishermen are called on, and past whaling history?