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I’ve seen some stupid pro-caps comments on different websites, but that’s (under photo of Ulises) actually killed me. “Let’s keep the goddamn whales in marine parks because they have pecs and dorsals and other stuff, and marine parks always have ability to inseminate females when they want to get more of these pecs, dorsals, etc.!”What the hell.

I’ve seen some stupid pro-caps comments on different websites, but that’s (under photo of Ulises) actually killed me. “Let’s keep the goddamn whales in marine parks because they have pecs and dorsals and other stuff, and marine parks always have ability to inseminate females when they want to get more of these pecs, dorsals, etc.!”
What the hell.

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Erich Hoyt blog: «Russian quota issued for 10 orca captures: what now for Russian orcas?»
In practice, potential killer whale captors have perhaps 6-8 weeks at most to apply for a permit against this quota and to mount a capture operation. We can only hope that it’s already getting too late in the season. But it may well be that the captors are already on the sea as I write this, searching for the prime young orca females and males to remove from their families and sell into a life in captivity.
For sure, we won’t stand idly by, watching as the Russian orca families are systematically pulled apart or even eliminated with an unknown number of casualties — hinted at and sometime uncovered but never officially reported. 
Of course, to end the captures requires the removal of the concrete tanks that exhibit whales and dolphins around the world. The “Blackfish-effect” is thought to have contributed to declining numbers for SeaWorld in the US but it hasn’t touched Russia, China and Japan, where some 120 aquariums now exhibit cetaceans, far more than North America and Europe combined.
What next for Russian orcas? What are we going to do?Read more here!

Erich Hoyt blog: «Russian quota issued for 10 orca captures: what now for Russian orcas?»

In practice, potential killer whale captors have perhaps 6-8 weeks at most to apply for a permit against this quota and to mount a capture operation. We can only hope that it’s already getting too late in the season. But it may well be that the captors are already on the sea as I write this, searching for the prime young orca females and males to remove from their families and sell into a life in captivity.

For sure, we won’t stand idly by, watching as the Russian orca families are systematically pulled apart or even eliminated with an unknown number of casualties — hinted at and sometime uncovered but never officially reported. 

Of course, to end the captures requires the removal of the concrete tanks that exhibit whales and dolphins around the world. The “Blackfish-effect” is thought to have contributed to declining numbers for SeaWorld in the US but it hasn’t touched Russia, China and Japan, where some 120 aquariums now exhibit cetaceans, far more than North America and Europe combined.

What next for Russian orcas? What are we going to do?

Read more here!

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In St. Petersburg, Russia, the anti-captivity documentary film “Blackfish" (in Russia "Black Fin") will be screened on 27 September!
Free screening of the documentary will be organized as the part of the VIII Conference “Marine Mammals of the Holarctic”. After this, a little discussion will be held with the involvement of Russian and foreign specialists with knowledges in the issue of keeping cetaceans in captivity and the realities of the use of cetaceans in the entertainment industry, both in Russia and in other countries. There will also be raised the question about captures of orcas for aquariums that are taking place in Russia.

In St. Petersburg, Russia, the anti-captivity documentary film “Blackfish" (in Russia "Black Fin") will be screened on 27 September!

Free screening of the documentary will be organized as the part of the VIII Conference “Marine Mammals of the Holarctic”. After this, a little discussion will be held with the involvement of Russian and foreign specialists with knowledges in the issue of keeping cetaceans in captivity and the realities of the use of cetaceans in the entertainment industry, both in Russia and in other countries. There will also be raised the question about captures of orcas for aquariums that are taking place in Russia.

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damn, how i even could confuse Katina and Kalina in my last post.

of course Skyla’s mom is Kalina and Katina is a grandma.

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Anonymous asked: I was always wondered, how you - anticaps - are stupid. Captivity is IMPORTANT for doing research, this is why SeaWorld and other marine parks exsist and new are creating. Do you even understand how many information about russian orcas we will get in near future, huh? But no, y'all always just "captivity is wrong! free the whales!". Sad, most of anticaps will never understand that SeaWorld really Cares!

Yeah, anon, yeah! SeaWorld cares… about money and reputation mostly.

First of all, marine parks exists because in marine parks people has 100% guarantee to see dolphins and whales, they don’t give a damn about animals: how they live, how they turned up in marine parks and etc. Now marine parks exists not because they doing little researches.

But let’s talk about real research.
In the wild, orcas live in pods and each pod has it’s own language (or vocal dialect). Pods with similar dialects form the clan.

The main interests of biologists are these languages, behaviour, hunting traditions, migrations; genetic links of different pods, clans, populations and etc. Captivity CAN’T give this to biologists.

In captivity we have: a) few orcas captured from different popularions and places on Earth; b) captive-born orcas, frequently mixes of different populations. Even if a female gives life to a whole new captive-born generation, it’s rarely became a normal pod because oftenly parks move babies away from their moms and sisters and brothers (Don’t forget at least about Kalina and Skyla). Orcas in captive “”pods”” talk on different languages, they don’t hunt, don’t migrate; they can’t meet with another pod, like sometimes happens in the wild. Little remains of what might be studied. "Research" is not a reason to capture wild whales anymore and use captive females as breeding machines.

And we should remember, that the first succesfully captured orca was caught in 1961, in the goddamn 1961. 50+ years, 200+ orca’s lives is enough to research these whales in captivity.  

That’s why most recent works on the biology of killer whales are almost always focused on the study of the wild ones. Ford, Ellis, Balcomb, Durban, Pitman, Visser, Hoyt, Burdin, Filatova, Fedutin, Ivkovich, Nagailik and many other biologists study wild orcas.

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Via Erich Hoyt on FB:

"Have been sitting on this, waiting for verification, hoping against hope that it can’t be true but it looks like now we have a Russian killer whale capture quota for 2014. According to the Order RPN 4 August 2014, the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency has now obtained so-called “expert” advice from the so-called “state ecological expertise” in order to adjust the total allowable catch (TAC) of aquatic biological resources for 2014. Included in the order, along with adjustments to the quotas for shrimp and sea cucumbers is approval of a quota of up to 10 killer whales. In practice potential captors have perhaps 6-8 weeks at most to apply for a permit against the quota and to mount a capture operation. Let’s hope we’re already getting too late in the season. It is not clear whether the two orcas captured in recent weeks will qualify under this quota. More news as we get it.”

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miss-rhapsody:

Via Russian Orcas:

According to the Order RPN 4 August 2014, the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency has now obtained “expert” advice from the “state ecological expertise” in order to adjust the total allowable catch (TAC) of aquatic biological resources for 2014. Included in the order is approval of a quota of up to 10 killer whales. It is not clear whether the two orcas captured in recent weeks will qualify under this quota. More news as we get it.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/russianorca/posts/934919549867563

miss-rhapsody:

Via Russian Orcas:

According to the Order RPN 4 August 2014, the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency has now obtained “expert” advice from the “state ecological expertise” in order to adjust the total allowable catch (TAC) of aquatic biological resources for 2014. Included in the order is approval of a quota of up to 10 killer whales. It is not clear whether the two orcas captured in recent weeks will qualify under this quota. More news as we get it.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/russianorca/posts/934919549867563

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miss-rhapsody:

The Russian quotes for killer whale live captures have been announced!
Google translate:

About adjustments allowable catches for 2014  Federal Fisheries Agency obtained an expert commission of the state ecological expertise on materials to adjust the total allowable catch (TAC) of aquatic biological resources for 2014, approved by the Order RPN 4 August 2014. …In addition, the increased TAC of killer whales in the Far East fisheries basin up to 10 pieces.

via Marine Connection
Source: http://fish.gov.ru/presscentre/news/Pages/news1222.aspx

It’s not a final, captors are still waiting. They can’t get permits to capture orcas until the Ministry of Agriculture release an order about the TACs for 2014. Federal Fisheries Agency just supported the number of TACs.

miss-rhapsody:

The Russian quotes for killer whale live captures have been announced!

Google translate:

About adjustments allowable catches for 2014 

Federal Fisheries Agency obtained an expert commission of the state ecological expertise on materials to adjust the total allowable catch (TAC) of aquatic biological resources for 2014, approved by the Order RPN 4 August 2014.

…In addition, the increased TAC of killer whales in the Far East fisheries basin up to 10 pieces.

via Marine Connection

Source: http://fish.gov.ru/presscentre/news/Pages/news1222.aspx

It’s not a final, captors are still waiting. They can’t get permits to capture orcas until the Ministry of Agriculture release an order about the TACs for 2014.

Federal Fisheries Agency just supported the number of TACs.

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ulibugs:

behind-the-aquarium-glass:

The State Ecological Expertise supported the increase of the total allowable catches for killer whales for 2014 up to 10 individuals.

In 2013, they refused to approve the TACs for killer whales for 2014, and now they backtracked, support the increase and totally ignoring scientists arguments. Sad.

Source: (x)

behind-the-aquarium-glass Do you know if they’ve done any population studies at all? Have any professionals looked into the feasibility of these catches?

That’s the problem: they didn’t do anything for this. We still don’t know how many russian orcas of each ecotype lives in Far East Russia waters. Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) says there is 2500-3000 orcas in the Sea of Okhotsk, but they didn’t do any photoidentification data analysis (mark-recapture: i guess that’s how it’s called in english). 

Estimate of the number of killer whales was based on the results of the Russian-Japanese expeditions whose primary purpose was accounting of baleen whales. Killer whales were spotted as often as minke whales. Based on these observations, the number of killer whales was set.

Scientists and biologists from Far East Russia Orca Project emphasized the need for separate estimates of the number of resident and transient populations of orcas; and they had determined that the estimate numbers of killer whales of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, calculated by VNIRO, was made ​​with violation of generally accepted standards for calculating the number of marine mammals. That’s why scientists recommended 0 quotas.

As we see, the information and arguments was ignored and now they still support the increase of TAC for orcas. And all this is only about estimate of the number of all orcas in the sea, not to mention the number of each ecotype and etc. 

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The State Ecological Expertise supported the increase of the total allowable catches for killer whales for 2014 up to 10 individuals.

In 2013, they refused to approve the TACs for killer whales for 2014, and now they backtracked, support the increase and totally ignoring scientists arguments. Sad.

Source: (x)

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