Norwegian Fisheries Minister, Per Sandberg, has confirmed that Norway has allocated itself a quota of 999 minke whales for the 2017 catch, an increase of 119 whales on last year’s quota of 880.
According to a documentary aired recently on NRK, a government-owned public broadcasting company, 90 per cent of the minke whales hunted and killed each year in Norwegian waters are female and “almost all” of them are pregnant.
Norway officially objected to the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling and still refuses to respect it. Along with Iceland, they are the only nation to nation hunt whales commercially. In the 1993 season Norway resumed the practice after a few years pause.