Our on ground work in Taiji
Positive Change for Marine Life has witnessed the hunts, the activism and the impact that negative and often ill-informed perspectives is having on widening the gap between any resolution to the hunts and captive trade. A lack of understanding of local customs, language and culture is also furthering the divide between foreigners and local people.
We have been working in Japan with both local and foreign researchers, tour-operators, conservationists, organisations and individuals to examine alternative industries and the most efficient, effective way for the local people to implement them in Taiji.
From 2012 to 2015 we were:
- Compiling data on profitability, marketing, educational programs and the overall success of marine ecotourism operators throughout the country through research surveys to examine their viability as an alternative to the hunts;
- Connecting and meeting with local fishermen, dolphin hunters, aquarium operators, dolphin traders, government officials and community members to initiate open, friendly dialogue of how positive change can be created by the community for the community, whilst preserving species and creating positive change for the ocean and the town;
- Researching aquariums Japan-wide to understand the captive industry in the country in greater detail, assess education programs and identify potential opportunities;
- Researching existing cultural and tourism opportunities within Taiji and opportunities for a broader local engagement;
- Conducting reports based on our findings for international organisations including the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
Photography © Karl Goodsell, Positive Change for Marine Life