Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season | Inquirer News

Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

/ 05:14 PM April 18, 2014

In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru is anchored at a port as the vessel and other two whaling ships returned from the Antarctic Sea, in Shimonoseki, western Japan. AP

TOKYO (AP) —Japan will target fewer whales when the Pacific hunt begins next week and will limit next season’s Antarctic whaling to observation.

The decisions came after the International Court of Justice ordered Japan last month to suspend Antarctic whaling. The court said the program was commercial, not scientific as Japan had contended.


Japan’s whaling program in the northern Pacific was not challenged in the ruling.


Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Friday that the Pacific catch target was being slashed to about 210 from the current 380.

The annual spring hunt along Japan’s northern coast is to begin next week, and the distant expedition in May.


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