Japan Will Resume Whaling In December


Japan will go ahead with whaling in the Antarctic this year under heightened security to fend off activists who have vowed to disrupt the annual hunt, the country’s fisheries minister said Tuesday.

The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, but Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to hunt whales despite worldwide opposition.

Under a provision of the ban, Japan is permitted to kill around 1,000 whales in the Southern Ocean every year for “scientific research.”

Sea Shepherds Forced A Temporary Suspension Of Whale Hunt

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a U.S.-based environmental group, has rejected that argument, saying the whale meat is sold in Japan and served in restaurants. And Japan’s whale hunts have become increasingly tense because of clashes with the anti-whaling group.

In February 2010, I reported here that Japan had temporarily suspended its annual Antarctic whale hunt because of actions by Sea Shepherd following its ship.

Care2′s Sharon Seltzer reported that The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society called the 2010 whaling season a “Spectacular Success” as Japan’s fleet returned home with just over half as many whales as they had set out to catch.  The whalers blamed the low kill on 31 days of harassment by anti-whaling activists.

Smallest Catch In Years For Japanese Whalers

The Japanese whaling fleet set out for the waters of Antarctica with a permit issued by the Japanese government to kill 935 Minke whales, 50 fin whales and 50 humpback whales.  They returned to Tokyo harbor with the smallest catch in years: 506 Minke whales, one fin whale and no humpbacks.  All of the whales killed by the Japanese fleet are considered protected and endangered.

The whalers and Japan’s Fisheries Agency told BBC News they were angry and blamed what they described as “violent interference” from the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

But Sea Shepherd is proud that it saved 528 whales from extinction. And the 2010 – 2011 whaling season also ended early, due to actions by Sea Shepherd.

Whale Hunt On Again For 2011

In spite of, or perhaps because of all this, it seems that the Japanese whale hunt is on again for 2011, with the fisheries minister, Michihiko Kano, declaring that measures would be taken to ensure the whalers’ safety. Presumably from the evil Sea Shepherd activists?

The hunt is expected to begin in December.

We can look forward to seeing Sea Shepherd on site once again.


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Photo Credit: Michael Dawes


Diane L.
Diane L.4 years ago

Does anybody bother to read dates of these articles or to get the facts before commenting?

Pedro, this is now almost June. Capt. Paul Watson wasn't incarcerated (he never needed to be "freed") and this is a very old discussion. The SSCS is alive & well, the Steve Irwin is not being held for ransom.

Pedro Leal
Pedro Leal4 years ago

Where are the studies of whale ‘research’…???

Pedro Leal
Pedro Leal4 years ago

Free Captain Paul Watson,NOW!

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

They must stop this right away. They are real predators.

Marlene Dinkins
Marlene dinkins4 years ago

this need to be stop forever and ever!!!!!! the whales are inocents angels of the sea. they need to be free to travel with his families. they need to be left alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!to to bad that the tsunami did not clean out the whole country.

lis Gunn
lis Gunn4 years ago

News to hand. The Japanese Government has given $28million to its Southern Ocean whaling fleet to pursue its whaling research activities this summer.

After all it has suffered this year - tsunami, nuclear melt downs, etc. and given the generous aid it received from countless individuals and nations, its government just hands over millions to a destructive and immoral Oceanic "Reseach" mission.

Janet N.
Janet Needler4 years ago

WHAT THE HELL!!!!! Japan should stop ALL WHALE and DOLPHIN slaughters!!! take care of your desimated country and leave the innocent animals alone!!! --you're cruel and inhumane actions will have repercussions --I have donated quite a bit of $ to help with Japan's recovery -- now you are willing to have aid to your country be stopped because of a FEW greedy fishermen that should NOT be out hunting the gentlest and one of the smartest creatures on earth!!??

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

What the hell?! We can't let this happen!

Melanie Andrus
Melanie Andrus5 years ago

WAKE UP, JAPAN! The world is not going to let you continue to kill our beautiful and magnificent whales any more! WHAT 'research' can you possibly need to conduct on dead whales??? NO MORE! There is NO EXCUSE for killing these animals!

Veronique L.
Veronique L.5 years ago

This has to stop!! Is there anything we can sign?