On March 21, Japanese Fisheries Agency and Ministry of the Environment jointly announced "Red list of marine creature".
The two government offices allocated targets species according to their "territories".
Fisheries Agency undertook 94 species of major fishery subjects and whales (except the managed species by international organizations including the IWC). There is "No" endangered species. Only one DD (one of flatfish). On the other hand, Ministry of the Environment undertook the other marine animals, and 56 species are described as endangered species.
It is very different from IUCN's evaluation. And it is also very different from The Mammal Society of Japan's evaluation.
It is contradictory that migrate birds have been evaluated by Ministry of the Environment but large whales and migrate fish are not evaluated.
Surprisingly, Fisheries Agency states that no major threats are found to almost whale species evaluated. They can see nothing about the influence of climate change, pollution of plastics and chemical, over-fishing, increase of collision with ships, sonar and so on.
The following are key points of the other problem.
- Initially DD NT and "Unranked" categories of Japan's red list, including the Ministry of the Environment, are not in compliance with IUCN.
- Using Japan original "Quasi-Criterion E", all whale species were described as "Unranked", unlike IUCN's. This "Quasi-Criterion E" makes it possible to down-list in two stages using the same data as criterion A.
The worst of all is finless porpoise (IUCN rank is VU) which is the species many person concerned wildlife in Japan. Finless porpoise is evaluated to threatened categories by prefectures RDB, but they may be excluded from the list according to the list of Fisheries Agency together with several fish species.
The following is the calculation result of rough-toothed dolphin with IUCN's tool. New capturing quota for Taiji hunting of this species has been accepted by Fisheries Agency this year.
The calculation results of the other seven species are summarized in the following PDF file.