Mainstream media , Reuters and Norwegian paper Aftenposten, have reported the Norwegian whaling quota this season will be the same as for the previous 3 years, 1052 minke whales.
“ We set quotas not according to what is likely to be caught , but what is sustainable” , director at Norway’s Fisheries and Coastal Affair Ministry, told Reuters on Friday.
The ministry said in a statement that it sets quotas “conservatively”, ensuring “complete safety in regard to conserving minke whale stock”.
Prowhaling paper Fiskeribladet, wrotes on Saturday that the area of whaling will be halved, and the whalers are not satisfied with this decision.
A rough and short translation from Fiskeribladet :
“A maximal quota of 10 whales is set for each whaling vessel. The Ministry states this is due to that 2008 is the last year in the five year management period, which is based on the regulation of the minke whale quota calculation, states State Secretary, Vidar Ulriksen.”