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Small Cetaceans of Japan: Exploitation and Biology

  • 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(Contributor)

483 pages, 8 plates with 16 colour photos; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

CRC Press

Hardback | May 2017 | #228845 | ISBN-13: 9781498779005
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NHBS Price: £146.00 $186/€163 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.


Introduction: Whales, Dolphins and Men

Section 1: History of Japanese Cetacean Fisheries
Chapter 1. Outline of History of Small-Cetacean Fisheries
Chapter 2. Handharpoon Fishery for Dolphins and Porpoises
Chapter 3. Drive Fisheries for Dolphins
Chapter 4. Small-type Whaling
Chapter 5. Management of Cetacean Fisheries in Japan
Chapter 6. Regulation of Fisheries for Dolphins and Porpoises
Chapter 7. Moving Toward the End of Commercial Whaling

Section 2: Biology
Chapter 8.  Finless Porpoise
Chapter 9. Dall’s Porpoise
Chapter 10. Striped Dolphin
Chapter 11. Bottlenose Dolphins
Chapter 12. Short-finned Pilot Whale
Chapter 13. Baird’s Beaked Whale
Chapter 14. Pacific White-sided Dolphin

Chapter 15. Cetacean Conservation and Biologists

Appendix A. Fisheries Agency Notifications on Cetacean Management
Appendix B. List of Cetacean Species Known from Japanese Waters

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