Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be hunted this year from 999 to 1278.
This is 28% more than in 2017 even though recent years have seen a decline in the number of whales being killed and fewer whaling vessels heading out to sea.
Falling consumer demand and higher fuel prices along with apparent increasing difficulty in finding the whales have all been blamed on the industry's decline.
Recently, Norway announced that the entrance to the Global Seed Vault in the Arctic was flooded after very high temperatures caused the permafrost to melt.
We are fortunate to have A-level student, Xavier Tobin, working with us as a volunteer with the Stop Whaling team. Here, Xavier introduces some new resources which ask visitors to whaling regions not to be tempted to eat whale meat or purchase whale products during their stay.
So IWC66 ends with a celebration of whale-themed ties, which, believe it or not, was won by a Japanese delegate. He was sporting a bright Moby Dick themed tie. so I guess that, as it’s a whaling themed tie, the individual concerned may be allowed back into Japan’s Far Seas Fisheries building where their whaling plans are hatched.
Agenda Item 19 Finance and Administration
The meeting opens slightly late due to technical difficulties.
Agenda Item 10 Cetacean Habitat
10.1 State of Cetacean Environment (SOCER)
The Chair of the IWC Scientific Committee, Caterina, highlights elements of the Franciscana Action Plan.