08 Aug '11, 1pm

Norway Kills 500th Whale Of The Season...and they are still hunting. Read more on this season's higher # of kills

According to a weekly fishing report from the Norwegian seafood sales association Råfisklaget, the whaling vessel Rowenta has killed the 500th minke whale of the 2011 season. The hunt is expected to continue through the end of August. More whales have already been killed in 2011 than in 2010, when 468 minkes were hunted, the lowest number in a decade. Although this year's take is still likely to fall far short of the 1286 quota that was set, one would have to go back to 2008 to find a whaling season in which more than 500 whales were killed. One of the reasons for the higher take is that Norway's Minister of Fisheries allowed whalers to exceed a small area quota in the Svalbard region. On June 17th, Minister Berg-Hansen announced that the limit of 65 whales off Svalbard was lifted; whalers eventually killed at least 200 minkes in that area.

Full article: http://www.wdcs.org/news.php?select=1017

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