Paul Thompson {Ecologist} | Russian Permit of Passage for the Winter Bay is a Dark Day for North Atlantic Whales

Russian Permit of Passage for the Winter Bay is a Dark Day for North Atlantic Whales

Paul Thompson 

As the St. Kitts Nevis registered Winter Bay slipped out of Tromso this afternoon heading north for Osaka Japan there was confusion about whether the Russian Government was allowing passage of the vessel with its 1700 tonnes of endangered Fin whale meat through Russian waters to Japan. Clarification has now ben provided and its confirmed that a Russian Permit has been granted allowing passage through the waters of the Northern Sea Route from West to East and return East to West. This in effect establishes a "safe" trade route of whale products from the North Atlantic whaling nations of Iceland and Noway through to Japan and is a dark day for Fin and Minke whales in the northern hemisphere.

Ice conditions from the latest satellite data would indicate that conditions may be suitable for the vessel to pass despite the fact it is only single hulled and contact with ice could have serious consequences for the structural integrity of the vessel

 

Arctic Sea Ice 1st August 2015Arctic Sea Ice 1st August 2015

 


Archive
January February March April May June July August September (7) October (3) November December (3)
January (3) February (5) March April May June July August September (1) October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February (1) March (1) April (1) May June (1) July (1) August (1) September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December