Japan threatens Australian humpbacks
Andrew Darby; 9/11/09
Japan is holding to a threat to add Australian humpbacks to its Antarctic whaling quota as talks that could decide their fate appear to shift from an end to the global hunts towards ”managing” them. The Japanese Government’s scientific permit for the summer polar season, obtained by The Age, includes 50 humpback whales from stocks that breed in tropical Australian waters. Japan said the humpback quota would stay suspended as long as progress was made in talks on the future of the International Whaling Commission, according to advice from IWC executive secretary Nicky Grandy.