Japan has killed 8,201 minke whales in the Antarctic for “scientific purposes” since the moratorium in 1986. A total of 840 whales were killed by Japan under special permit during the 31 years before the moratorium1
Japan took a total of 866 whales in 2006/07 season:
- 3 Southern Hemisphere fin whales,
- 508 Southern Hemisphere minke whales,
- 197 North Pacific minke whales,
- 51 North Pacific Brydes whales,
- 101 North Pacific sei whales,
- 6 North Pacific sperm whales.2
The 2005/06 season was the first time Japan had taken fin whales, an endangered species.
Japan have previously announced that in the 2007-08 they will increase their take of fin whales to 50, and also take 50 humpback whales as part of their “scientific whaling” programme.
1) Info from IWC 58 Workshop document on Fin Whales WKM-AWI8
2) Info from IWC website submitted by the Government of New Zealand