What the reasons for minke whales declining population?
There is reasons for this. One being that some are killed by orcas. Secondly s due to human activity like pollution, being accidentally caught in nets and killed in form of whaling for their meat.
If by "for", you mean in support of; the Japanese have a scientific whaling program that will allow them to better understand and monitor the life cycles and population of whales, specifically Minke whales. Which are not endangered in the slightest, and are in fact, very abundant. The whaling of Minke whales will show absolutely no noticable impact on the overall population.
There is 2 special parts of the Minke Whale. One being that Minke whales are highly inquisitive and are likely to approach boats, especially younger animals. Second being that Minke whales are generally solitary, although they can sometimes be seen in groups of 2 or 3. This is only shared with one or 2 other species of whale.
Actually neither or the 2 sub species are endangered. The common minke is least concerned and the Antarctic Minke is Data deficient but suspected to be endangered if not at risk. Their natural predator is orcas when they feed on the young. Human activity of Whaling kill around 1,000 Minke whales every year for their blubber to sell in places like Iceland and Japan.
Yes, although classed at a lower risk than other species, such as th humpback. Conservation status: Minkes whales are listed on the endangered species list as a threatened species as there remains only approximately 800,000 minkes in the world. Some Japanese and Russian vessels are still known to hunt minke whales. Minke whales have been protected by international law since 1986 http://oceanlink.island.net/biodiversity/minke.html Minke whales are not an ESA-listed species, meaning they are not classified as…
Japanese Whaling Season (Orca whales) 1985/86 - 1,194 1986/87 - 2,252 1987/88 - 577 1988/89 - 241 1989/90 - 330 1990/91 - 327 1991/92 - 288 1992/93 - 330 1993/94 - 330 1994/95 - 351 1995/96 - 540 1996/97 - 517 1997/98 - 538 1998/99 - 489 1999/00 - 439 2000/01 - 480 2001/02 - 540 2002/03 - 593 2003/04 - 594 2004/05 - 601 Source: Secretariat & IWC Website The numbers shown are known…