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Bequia whalerman in Australia for whale watching symposium

Bequia whalerman in Australia for whale watching symposium


A licensed whalerman of Bequia is now in Australia attending a symposium on Whale Watching conducted by the International Whaling Commission.{{more}}

Orson “Ballum” Ollivierre, chief harpooner, and licensed whalerman of the whale boat “Rescue” for about 20 years, left for Australia on May 20, accompanied by former whaler Gaston Bess and representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Kari da Silva.

The attendance of the St Vincent and the Grenadines delegates was organized by the SVG National Trust, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation and Industry, building on the drive of the National Trust to introduce whale watching to the fishermen and whalermen of Bequia.

The team will be exposed to a two-day workshop conducted by the International Whaling Commission in Brisbane, bringing together regulators, whale watchers and potential whale watching operators throughout the world. The workshop will deal with developing capacity in whale watching, in particular developing and enhancing responsible whale watching operations. In addition to attending the two-day workshop, the team will experience a whale watching expedition on Australia’s Gold Coast.

A release from the SVG National Trust said “Since the days of Dr Earle Kirby, the National Trust has spoken of the day when we catch whales on camera and not with harpoons. Today, that dream may be one step closer to becoming a reality.”

The late Dr Earle Kirby was a reknowned veterinarian and archaelogist and former chair of the SVG National Trust.