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Tuesday, June 27, 2006





Censorship II -





(photo courtesy of NOAA)


David@Tokyo appears to have now discovered a way of disguising the fact that he has censored a contribution. Interesting that despite his earlier protestations of righteous indignation, he does not wish others to know. :o)

So here is the latest censored item, readers who visit David's blog will note that there is no mention of a post having been removed from the comments. :o)

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IWC 2006: Samoa also for sustainable use

I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to interpret this, but it seems like Samoa's government is also in favour of the sustainable use of marine resources - yes, even whales.

The English in this report is pretty hard to follow though, so I could be mistaken.

Samoa supports whales sustainability

Samoa’s prime minister says it has full support of the sustainability of marine resources for its use by all Pacific people.

His comments comes after New Zealand criticised six Pacific island countries who have voted in favour of Japan’s pro-whaling resolution at the International Whaling Commission meeting in St Kitts and Nevis.

Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi recently attended the Pacific leaders summit in Japan where Samoa was amongst other Pacific countries supporting Japan’s initiative to be a member of the United Nations Security Council.

Samoa is not a member of the International Whaling Commission.

But the prime minister thinks the depletion of fish stocks such as yellow-fin tuna found in pacific waters three year ago could be the reason behind the support of his Pacific counterparts.

Tuila’epa says that under his current government policies sustainable development of marine resources are a priority.

Good on the Prime Minister of Samoa for not brainlessly regurgitating the "bribery" allegations.

In other news, my email to Matangi Tonga Online was published, in addition to an email I sent to Caribbean Net News a few days back. My strike rate is pretty good at the moment :-)

- David


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Here is the post David did not want you to read or know about -


'depletion of fish stocks such as yellow-fin tuna found in pacific waters three year ago could be the reason behind the support of his Pacific counterparts.'

The article merely demonstrates that Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has apparently been duped by disingenuous pro-whaling propaganda about whales being responsible for depletions of commercial fish stocks.

Unsustainable commercial tuna fishing fleets are responsible for the collapse in Pacific Yellow Fin Tuna stocks, not whales.

Interestingly tuna stocks are under threat globally due to unsustainable commercial hunting; despite the fact that tuna fishing is regulated for 'sustainable development' in both the Pacific and the Atlantic and has been since the early 1980s: SPREP, CEPTFA and IATTC amongst others.

For an interesting update on regional tuna fishing -

http://www.ecsiep.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=617&Itemid=63

- Lamna nasus


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Despite David's diatribe about my lack of integrity in an earlier post; on my blog his posts get a working link, readers can make up their own minds as to who has integrity issues. :o)

http://david-in-tokyo.blogspot.com/2006/06/iwc-2006-samoa-also-for-sustainable.html#comments

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