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MANILA, Philippines – Two pygmy sperm whales were killed off the coast of Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, allegedly due to dynamite fishing.

The body of a pgymy sperm whale calf and its injured mother were found by locals on Friday, March 21, off the coast of Dapa, a town in the island. They were brought to Dapa by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

The mother died on Sunday morning. Their bodies have been put in ice for a necropsy on April 1.

Though only two whales were retrieved from the sea, locals say at least 22 more were killed by a single dynamite fishing activity.

"The carcasses of the others, we don't know where they are but today we will look for them. Apparently, the 22 whales were killed by the same activity on the same day," said Gianni Grifoni, a marine biologist who also owns a dive resort in Siargao Island.

 

http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/53742-pygmy-sperm-whales-killed-dynamite-fishing-siargao

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22 dwarf sperm whales killed in Siargao’s dynamite fishing Dynamite fishers stun dolphins, dwarf sperm whales with blast, finish them off using bolos

By Danilo Adorador III
Inquirer MindanaoSURIGAO CITY, Philippines — Illegal fishing methods in the island of Siargao continue to take a toll not only on corals but also on ocean wildlife, with the killing of at least 22 dwarf sperm whales over the weekend.
 

On Friday, a beach resort in Dapa town, the island’s trade center, became a refuge for wounded dwarf sperm whales— apparently a mother and its baby— hours after what resident described as a series of dynamite blasts in the morning of that day.

“The whales, apparently 22 of them, were killed by dynamite fishing,” said Gianni Boy Grifoni, a Swiss-Italian marine biologist who is currently staying in General Luna town, the island’s surfing and resort haven that has become popular with tourists.

Grifoni, along with assistant Stephanie Chua, tried to save the wounded mother and baby sperm whales that got stranded off a resort in Kamaligan, Barangay (village) 12, in Dapa around 11 a.m. on Friday.

Both were badly injured, said Grifoni.

“I helped to check the status of the dwarf sperm whales. We arrived to save two at the beginning, one mother with the baby. The baby died on Saturday morning after suffering bad injures,” he said, adding there was slim chance the mother would be saved, too. On Sunday, the mother sperm whale died.

Donna Tiu, a Dapa resident who saw the two dwarf sperm whales when they arrived at the beach, said both looked severely distressed, their stab wounds visible.

“They looked as if they were pleading for help,” Tiu said.

Locals said it has become a common practice for dynamite fishermen to stun large ocean species like dolphins and dwarf sperm whales with a blast, and finish them off using bolos.

Grifoni said the two whales also had stab wounds.

Residents said at least 21 dolphins were killed during Friday’s dynamite fishing spree.

The meat is sold in wet markets but most are set aside for family consumption— a welcome treat for the fisherfolk that make up the majority of the island’s 150,000 population, scattered in nine impoverished municipalities.

Law enforcement has also been a persistent problem, with the police and some local officials being known to get whoever is caught using dynamite off the hook for reasons of compassion.

“They (the police and local authorities) merely confiscate the illegal fishing paraphernalia and then free the offenders,” said a local resident who did not want his name mentioned for fear of reprisal. “So the problem persists because no one gets punished.”

The sight of amputees is not uncommon throughout the island, in a stark reminder of how widespread the use of illegal fishing methods is.

In fact, dynamite fishing is all too common it has been blamed for the widespread destruction of corals around the island.

Jake Miranda, a businessman who is known for his marine conservation campaigns, earlier sounded the alarm over dynamite fishing’s impact on Siargao’s marine environment.

“Because one doesn’t see the obvious destruction caused by dynamite fishing. There are hundreds if not thousands of the same damage in other parts of Siargao. Coral never grows back easily. It takes a lifetime to bring back the fish,” Miranda said in a recent Facebook post.

“Today, dynamite fishing in Siargao Island continues unabated. It is time to stop it not for our sake but for our children and their children who are yet to enjoy the beauty and diversity of Siargao,” Miranda said, adding the nearby island province of Dinagat also suffers the same fate.

 

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588602/22-dwarf-sperm-whales-killed-in-siargaos-dynamite-fishing

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Ozepete

And when they have totally stuffed the fish stocks, the gurus will blame 'global warming' (AGW) for the decreased numbers!  :bomb:

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Hamm

 

 

Locals said it has become a common practice for dynamite fishermen to stun large ocean species like dolphins and dwarf sperm whales with a blast, and finish them off using bolos.

 

 

I do hate reading any news that involves animal cruelty. I have been fortunate enough during the course of my life to have crossed paths with primarily good folks and only a handful or 2 of soulless neanderthals such as the dyanamite fisherman described in this article. Hoping a special place in hell is reserved for this human garbage, or at the very least someone will feed them a good sized portion of what they're dishing out. 

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Cipro

I do hate reading any news that involves animal cruelty. I have been fortunate enough during the course of my life to have crossed paths with primarily good folks and only a handful or 2 of soulless neanderthals such as the dyanamite fisherman described in this article. Hoping a special place in hell is reserved for this human garbage, or at the very least someone will feed them a good sized portion of what they're dishing out. 

 

No reason to be a racist about it; us Neanderthals actually are quite civil and in fact have inherited slightly increased cranial capacity from our ancestors. 

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Mr. Mike

Just don't know what to say about this, except that mankind never fails to achieve/perform... over time,,,,,, greater and greater atrocities!

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For Real

The easiest way to end DF is to have the fishermen jump in with the Dynamite instead of throwing it.

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BossHog

should've added 'graphic' to the topic description. sorry guys. maybe someone can add that.

 

i have a feeling this story will get some international traction and we'll see some positive changes locally.

 

of course, the illegal fishing will just shift to where there's less attention.

 

but any progress in curbing this is a good thing.

 

will keep this updated.

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smokey

And when they have totally stuffed the fish stocks, the gurus will blame 'global warming' (AGW) for the decreased numbers!  :bomb:

no they will blame the west and demand MONEY

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ILoveCyrus

in a word:  Bastards....!!!

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Loren raises alarm over dynamite fishing in Siargao

 

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Loren Legarda on Wednesday urged concerned government agencies to intensify protection efforts for the waters of Siargao following recent reports that at least 22 dwarf sperm whales and dolphins were killed in dynamite fishing.

“This is another unfortunate case of marine resource abuse,” Legarda said, adding that dynamite fishing has long been banned and is punishable under the Fisheries Code along with illegal fishing methods.

She urged authorities to strictly enforce the law “because this is not only about a fisher’s catch or a community’s livelihood, but also about the state of marine biodiversity, which affects the nation as a whole.”

“Our law enforcement agencies should go after the perpetrators of this crime against nature and ensure that our seas and marine species are safe from such cruelty. We should be more vigilant because this could be happening in other parts of the country as well,” she said.

It has been reported that two dwarf sperm whales and at least 21 dolphins were badly injured from dynamite fishing and sustained stab wounds from fishermen in Siargao.

“Siargao is world-famous for being a surfer’s haven. It does not have to stop there. It would be more beneficial to the communities surrounding the area if they become a model for marine conservation through sustainable fishing methods and other marine protection practices,” Legarda said in a statement.

The senator noted that fishing is not only a form of livelihood but also a way by which a fisherman can carry out his responsibility as a steward of our marine resources.

Under the Fisheries Code of 1998, Legarda said a ban is imposed on the use of fine mesh net and electricity, explosives, noxious or poisonous substance in our seas. It is also illegal to exploit and export corals as well as the fishing and taking of any rare, threatened and endangered species.

Mandated to enforce this Code are the law enforcement officers of the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police and including local government units.

 

http://www.philstar.com/nation/2014/03/26/1305363/loren-raises-alarm-over-dynamite-fishing-siargao

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HTM

Love whales, great meat!

 

:cooking:

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spydoo

I think there's a danger in judging people in completely different circumstances to us by our standards. Those standards have been influenced by many things those people have not experienced.

 

If one's family doesn't have enough to eat is it more moral to let them go hungry or catch a whale using whatever tools they have available?

 

I'm all for protecting the whales. Perhaps the authorities could look at what other ways those fishermen could feed their families and implement some measures for supporting that, and then prosecute those who refuse to give up DF?

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Hamm

I think there's a danger in judging people in completely different circumstances to us by our standards. Those standards have been influenced by many things those people have not experienced.

 

If one's family doesn't have enough to eat is it more moral to let them go hungry or catch a whale using whatever tools they have available?

 

I'm all for protecting the whales. Perhaps the authorities could look at what other ways those fishermen could feed their families and implement some measures for supporting that, and then prosecute those who refuse to give up DF?

 

 

No sympathy for these feckheads in the least! It seems to me there are other ways to catch fish aside from blowing up pockets of the ocean with dynamite. Unchecked, nothing will be left. If someone is hungry does that justify breaking the law? Should people be allowed to rob supermarkets because they're hungry?  

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Hamm, on 26 Mar 2014 - 10:01 PM, said:Hamm, on 26 Mar 2014 - 10:01 PM, said:Hamm, on 26 Mar 2014 - 10:01 PM, said:Hamm, on 26 Mar 2014 - 10:01 PM, said:Hamm, on 26 Mar 2014 - 10:01 PM, said:Hamm, on 26 Mar 2014 - 10:01 PM, said:

No sympathy for these feckheads in the least! It seems to me there are other ways to catch fish aside from blowing up pockets of the ocean with dynamite. Unchecked, nothing will be left. If someone is hungry does that justify breaking the law? Should people be allowed to rob supermarkets because they're hungry?  

If use profanity to describe anyone then you probably need to work on your own character before worrying about other people's. I think that applies to anyone who does so.

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