13 Jun 2006

Solomons fisheries minister calls for end to wrangle over whaling

7:58 pm on 13 June 2006

The Solomon Islands Minister for Fisheries, Nollen Leni, is calling for an end to the political wrangling between pro and anti whaling nations.

Mr Leni says the government has decided to abstain from a resolution on commercial whaling at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in the Carribean starting on Friday.

But he plans to call for an urgent commitment to complete the Revised Management Plan, which allows the Commission to monitor and control the sustainable harvesting of whale quotas.

New Zealand's Minister of Conservation, Chris Carter, says any action over the revised management scheme is heading in the wrong direction:

"New Zealand not enthusiastic at all about the revised managment scheme because that indicates asupport for commercial whaling."

Chris Carter says he will continue to try to convince Pacific members of the IWC that there is more value in conservation and eco tourism than there is in hunting what he calls endangered species.