The International Whaling Commission imposed a commercial ban on whaling in 1986, but Norway objected
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01 of April 2017 13:57:07
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norway on Saturday kicked off its annual six-month whale hunting season with whalers allowed to kill an increased quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016.The International Whaling Commission imposed a commercial ban on whaling in 1986, but Norway objected. Norwegian officials estimate there are more than 100,000 North Atlantic minke whales — which are not an endangered species — off the long ragged western coast of Norway where the hunt takes place.Despite the new kill quota, officials say that quota of whales has not been fully taken in recent years because demand is scant for whale meat and the industry has seen its numbers decrease because of retiring whalers. They say Norwegian whalers have killed between 30 and 60 percent of their quota in recent years.