Winter Lecture Five - From ‘The Cove’ to the market Event as iCalendar

16 August 2016

1 - 2pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre B10, Building 109 (General Library)

Location: Cnr Princes and Alfred Streets, Auckland

Host: School of Humanities

Cost: Free

Contact: Dr Rochelle Constantine or Dr Ryan Tucker Jones

Fifth in a series of six lectures on consecutive Tuesdays - Whales and us: The past, present and future

Winter Lecture Five - From ‘The Cove’ to the market

Illegal, unregulated or unreported exploitation, including directed hunting and the sale of fisheries 'bycatch', is an ongoing threat to populations of whales and dolphins in several regions of the world. The technology of molecular genetics and genomics now provides powerful tools for the detection of this exploitation and tracking of these species in trade. Prof. Scott Baker will discuss what we have learned about exploitation of these species from the DNA identification of 'whalemeat' sold in markets of Japan and Korea and from traditional hunting in the Solomon Islands and Kiribati. These methods are now being used more widely in the control of illegal trade in both wildlife and fisheries around the world.

Professor C. Scott Baker (Biological Sciences, University of Auckland & Oregon State University, USA)