Minke whales - three reasons why the Norwegian government is wrong in killing 1,052 whales in 2006

Minke Whale Minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) - With an increase of 30 %, the Norwegian government sets the quota for 2006 at a total of 1,052 minke whales to be killed. Since 1986, there has been an international ban on commercial whaling, although Japan and Iceland continue to catch whales for "research", and Norway still use whale products to make money. What is even more worrying is that Norwegian whalers have not reached their quota for 2004 (670 minke whales) and 2005 (797 minke whales), so they are adding unused quotas to the 2006 quota !? The norwegian ministry of fisheries and coastal affairs said in a statement: "The quota for 2006 is composed of a basic annual quota of 745 and the addition of unused quotas in 2004 and 2005". What could be wrong with this approach?

The Common minke whale, lesser rorqual, little piked whale, minke whale is listed as Near Threatened (LR/nt), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the minke whale
A young / baby of a minke whale is called a 'calf'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A minke whale group is called a 'gam, pod or herd'.
Some facts about the
Minke whale

Adult weight : 7500 kg (16500 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 50 years

Female maturity :2740 days

Male maturity : 2740 days

Gestation : 312 days

Weaning : 183 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Weight at birth : 320 kg (704 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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