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Small Cetaceans of Japan: Exploitation and Biology

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  • Reviews the biology, ecology and conservation of whales and porpoises that are found in Japanese waters (many occur worldwide)
  • Summarizes the impacts of Japanese commercial whaling (Japan is one of the few countries still harvesting whales)
  • Explores ways that Japanese whaling may be discontinued
  • Reviews history of Japanese cetacean fisheries

By: Toshio Kasuya (Author), William Perrin (Author)

312 pages, colour illustrations

CRC Press

Hardback | May 2017 | #228845 | ISBN-13: 9781498779005
Available for pre-order: Due May 2017 Details
NHBS Price: £146.00 $183/€169 approx

About this book

Small Cetaceans of Japan summarizes and analyzes the biology, ecology, exploitation and management of small cetaceans in Japan. It describes the various types of cetacean fisheries in Japan and their historical development, the life histories and ecologies of the main species involved, and the history and problems of conservation and management. The data show that in some cases the takes and quotas have been in excess of sustainable limits and have led to depletion of populations. Small Cetaceans of Japan provides a case study of what can go wrong when the needs of industry and conservation collide. The descriptions of life history and ecology are relevant to issues of conservation and management around the world.


- Whales, Dolphins and Men

History of Japanese Cetacean Fisheries
- Outline of History of Small-Cetacean Fisheries
- Handharpoon Fishery for Dolphins and Porpoises
- Drive Fisheries for Dolphins
- Small-type Whaling
- Management of Cetacean Fisheries in Japan
- Regulation of Fisheries for Dolphins and Porpoises
- Moving Toward the End of Commercial Whaling

- Finless Porpoise
- Dall’s Porpoise
- Striped Dolphin
- Bottlenose Dolphins
- Short-finned Pilot Whale
- Baird’s Beaked Whale
- Pacific White-sided Dolphin
- Cetacean Conservation and Biologists


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