Thursday, May 3, 2012

Norwegian Whale Hunters harpoon three whales

Norwegian whale hunters have harpooned the first three whales of the year, nearly a month after the controversial hunting season began, the country's Fishermen's Sales Organization said Wednesday.

"Three whales were taken off Bear Island on Sunday," Per Rolandsen, of the sales organization's division in Norway's Arctic Lofoten archipelago, said.

Norway's whale hunting sea-son started April 1 and is set to last until Aug. 31, but Rolandsen explained that weather conditions had been poor and the vessels had been tied up until now with other fishing activities.

"The whale hunt is very weather dependent [but] we expect now that the hunting conditions will improve," he said.

Norway and Iceland are, with Japan, the only countries to defy the 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling, claiming minke whale stocks are large enough to merit limited hunts. Read More