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The reason of ecological crisis of whale in East-sea rim and the value of whale ecological conservation

Yeo Min-Kyeong 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

Whales in East-sea rim are the symbol animals have related with culture and histological perspectives of East-sea rim. Although it was called the whale sea at Ming dynasty and Yuan dynasty, but we can’t show many whales in this area anymore. These whales are the ecological crisis animals of East-sea rim. In this study, I have the purpose to know the reason of whale crisis in East-sea rim. I suggest, there are three major reasons of the ecological crises. First is indiscriminate fishing for eating purpose. The reason of the whale crisis by-catch is known that the materials of fishing tools but Korea and Japan government are not active to find the solutions. The problem of eating whale has been considered as traditional food culture of this area. Second is environmental contamination of East-sea rim particularly by persistent organic pollutants (POPs). In the several reports, these whales of East-sea rim were shown high concentration of POPs or mercury. It is related with the rapid industry development of this area’s surrounding countries like Korea, Japan, and China. The increase of the water temperature in this area due to the climate change can be another important factor controlling the whale populations. There are several reports the number of whale in East-sea rim increased in 2009~2010. It has been suggested that the increase water temperature is related with increase the number of whale, but it is just a temporary status. Basically, we have to find the solution for whale conservation of East-sea rim and the cooperation with other surrounding centuries likes Japan, China and Russia. I suggest it can be the basic solution of peace sharing in this area and win-win situation for surrounding countries in East-sea rim.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.