The whaling season in Norway has started on 1 April and will last till 30 September.
The country maintained its quota of up to 1,286 whales, even though whalers haven’t reached the number in years. Last year, only 594 whales were killed.
“This year too, we have decided on a quota which guarantees continuity and a good framework for the whaling sector,” said Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker.
Whaling professionals state that the quota isn’t reached because of the low capacity of the whale meat processing plants, the high fuel prices and distant hunting areas.
Animal activists argue that the quota isn’t reached because whale meat is a dying market.
Norway considers the whale population in its waters is large enough to be hunted and doesn’t comply with the 1986 commercial whaling moratorium.