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Specialists from the Pacific Fisheries Research Center (TINRO-Center, Vladivostok) believe that in 2020 in the Sea of Okhotsk, without harming the population, you can catch 8 killer whales. Against such calculations were zoodefenders.
The annotation to the report at the academic council of the head of the laboratory of marine mammals of the TINRO-center Pavel Guscherov states that 2 thousand 27 of these animals currently live in the Sea of Okhotsk and catching eight of them will not harm the population.
In turn, Natalya Lisitsyna, a lawyer of the regional public organization (ROO) Sakhalin Environmental Watch, told the agency that according to the data of the same scientists, in 2018 there were 3,130 killer whales in the Sea of Okhotsk.
“Where did 1 thousand killer whales go in two years? Solid questions we have to all these documents. The TINRO-Center conducted the last count of the population of killer whales and beluga whales in the Sea of Okhotsk in 2010, while independent scientists criticized this count, noting that it was conducted incorrectly. No one knows what the real number of these animals is today. Accordingly, what kind of catching calculations are we talking about? ”Said Lisitsyna.
She also recalled that the TINRO-Center allowed in 2019 to obtain 13 killer whales and 200 belugas in the Sea of Okhotsk. But these calculations received a negative conclusion from Glavgosekspertiza.
The problem of catching killer whales and beluga whales for sale in foreign aquariums received a wide public response after environmentalists were outraged by the conditions of keeping already caught animals in Srednyaya Bay in Primorye. There, in a special center of preservation, there are about a hundred killer whales and beluga whales caught for sale in China. A criminal case on illegal prey and cruelty to animals.
Zoodefenders advocate a total ban in the Russian Federation for capturing killer whales and beluga whales for show business requests.
Source: Maritime News of Russia