Norway whale catch reaches highest number since 1993

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Fishermen in have caught 729 whales this year, the highest number since it resumed the controversial practice in defiance of international pressure, industry sources said on Monday. “The season is more or less finished and it’s been very good,” said Svein Ove Haugland, deputy director of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organisation.

The eventual figure may increase slightly before the season’s end but is already the highest since 1993, when Norway resumed despite a worldwide moratorium, which Oslo officially rejected. In 2013, Norway caught 590 rorqual whales, far higher than the previous year. The yield for 2014 remains far below the country’s annual quota of 1,286 whales.

“There’s a bottleneck in the market and the distribution. We must rebuild demand for meat, subject to tough competition from meat (from land animals) and fish,” Haugland said.

Norway and are the only countries to commercially hunt whales. Photograph: John Cunningham/AFP/Getty Images

“But the fact that there have been two strong consecutive rises in annual catches shows that we’re on the right track.”

Greenpeace believes whaling in Norway is bound to die out due to lack of demand.

“The weather this summer has been very good, which favoured significant whale meat demand for grilling in northern Norway, but also made hunting easier thanks to clear skies and calm waters,” Truls Gulowsen, the Greenpeace leader in Norway, said, adding: “But this is not a shift in the trend.”

Norway is the only country alongside Iceland which commercially hunts whales.

Whaling in is officially for scientific purposes, but large amounts of the meat ends up in markets.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 25 Aug 2014.


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Marilyn Ruth

Degenerates !!

Anne Grice

The barbaric obsession of the ruthless killings of the most intelligent being there is engrained in their DNA obviously? These ruthless killers need to come into the 21st century and learn human decency! Shame on Norway to be still killing whales! Illogical and abhorrent!

Peter Noflatscher

Shame on you!

Kathleen Hansen
Kathleen Hansen

Stop this archaic idiocy!

French Linda
French Linda

Sadly Norway continues to practice this barbaric practice of kill whales. I have lost all respect for this country, will never travel to this country, and will do my most to discourage any one I know not to go there, or go on a cruise that stops in Norway. Send emails to cruise lines who stop in Norway

Pilar Cabrera Rodriguez
Pilar Cabrera Rodriguez