Friday, March 10, 2006

The Gorton's Family Whale Killing Business

From Become an Ocean Defender website:

For 70 years, the Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd. company of Japan—also known as Nissui—has been involved with the large scale commercial hunting of great whales, which continues today despite the international ban on commercial whaling. In 2001, Nissui, through its US subsidiary Nippon Suisan USA, purchased seafood giant Gorton’s, Inc. of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Gorton’s is the leading retail distributor of frozen fish products in the US, generating approximately $200 million in annual revenue—the most lucrative of all of Nissui’s overseas business segments.

Overexploit, cheat, deplete. The cycle of greed behind the global whaling industry drove one whale population after another toward oblivion. It is still not known if some species will ever recover, even after decades of protection.

The statistics say it all. The blue whales of the Antarctic are at less than 1 percent of their original abundance, despite 40 years of complete protection. Some populations of whales are recovering but some are not. Only one population, the East Pacific grey whale, is thought to have recovered to its original abundance, but the closely related West Pacific grey whale population is the most endangered in the world. It hovers on the edge of extinction with just over 100 remaining.

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