In July of this year, Japan restarted commercial whaling after 31 years. The Beijing News (Reporter Chen Yuhan) In July this year, Japan restarted commercial whaling after 31 years. According to Kyodo News, the whaling mother ship “Rishin Maru”, which is responsible for offshore operations in commercial whaling, returned to Shimonoseki, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture on October 4, and the ship consisting of “Nissin Maru” and two whaling ships. The team captured a total of about 1,430 tons of whale meat for three months. On September 2, a minke whale was unloaded from a whaling ship in Hokkaido, Japan. Figure / Vision China On September 2, a minke whale was unloaded from a whaling ship in Hokkaido, Japan.
The Japanese commercial whaling fleet has captured 187 Bryde’s whales, 25 whales and 11 minke whales, totaling 223 in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zones (EEZ) off the coast of Aichi, Hokkaido. “There is no need to capture and sell it efficiently,” said the joint ship president, Sen Yingsi. “He also revealed that during the whaling process, the whale resources were still abundant, and the next commercial whaling. It is planned to go out to sea in March next year. According to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the latest batch of whale meat will be launched in November and will be sold nationwide in Japan.
The Common Ships Agency stressed that this time the sea has reached the target of commercial whaling this season, and the whale meat is good. However, it is still unknown whether restarting commercial whaling can expand the market for whale meat consumption. On June 30 this year, Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which banned commercial whaling, and resumed commercial whaling on July 1 after 31 years. The fishing range is limited to Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zones. In recent years, the scale of consumption of whale meat in Japan has shrunk, and the prospect of restarting commercial whaling is uncertain.