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ADN / Washington Post: Researchers propose putting whales up for bidding

The Washington Post

Published: January 12th, 2012 07:15 PM
Last Modified: January 12th, 2012 07:15 PM

Hoping to defuse a three-decade-long feud over whale hunting, three academics are making an audacious proposal: The world should put a price on killing whales, and allow conservationists and whalers alike to bid on the right to take them.

Calling it "a market that would be economically, ecologically and socially viable for whalers and whales alike," an economist and two marine scientists suggested in a commentary published by the journal Nature on Wednesday that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) could allocate catch quotas between whaling and anti-whaling nations while holding some back for an open auction.

The idea of a market-based trading system for commercial whaling is not unprecedented: A Canadian natural resources professor mentioned it in 1982, and a Virginia economist offered a more detailed scenario a decade ago. But the new proposal is attracting interest from Obama administration officials as well as some environmentalists who have become frustrated by the impasse over how to enforce a global whaling moratorium rejected by Japan, Iceland and Norway.

2,000 WHALES TAKEN......