Japan sets whaling catch limit for 2021 at 383, same as 2020

Kyodo -- Dec 24
Japan has set its 2021 catch limit for large whales at 383, the same as for the current year, in line with calculations to avoid a negative impact on cetacean resources, according to the Fisheries Agency.

Japan resumed commercial whaling within its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone on July 1, 2019, after formally withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission the day before.

In addition to a catch quota set at 295, the total includes a potential bycatch of 37, and a quota of 51 reserved by the government, the agency said.

By species, which have been confirmed as abundant by the IWC, the catch limit for minke whales has been set at 171, for Bryde's whales at 187 and for Sei whales at 25, according to the agency.

- Kyodo