Norway Whaling Activity

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 NORWAY HARPOONS 50 MINKE WHALES, DEFYING BAN
    OSLO (Reuter) - Norwegian whalers have harpooned 50 minke
whales so far this year out of a total quota of 301, defying an
international moratorium on commercial whaling and a U.S. threat
of trade sanctions.
    Under the 1994 quotas, set by Oslo for its own whalers but
not recognised by other countries, they are allowed to catch 189
minke whales in a commercial hunt which started on June 12, and
112 in a so-called research hunt.
    Per Sandberg, an official with Norway's Fisheries
Directorate, told Reuters Tuesday that 31 animals had been
caught under the commercial quota. ``Twenty-nine were taken
around Jan Mayen and two in the Barents Sea,'' he said.
    The environmental group Greenpeace has vowed to step up an
anti-whaling campaign against Norway begun last year when Oslo
resumed commercial hunts of minke whales after a six-year break.
    The International Whaling Commission (IWC) imposed a
moratorium on all commercial whaling in 1985.
    President Clinton said last year Norway's hunt merited
sanctions under U.S. law but stopped short of imposing measures
while Washington tried to work out a compromise with Oslo.
    In 1993, Norwegian whalers caught 226 minke whales, short of
the original quota of 296 set for the year.
     Norway has so far killed 19 animals this year in the less
controversial research hunt, allowed under IWC rules. The meat
from the research hunt ends up on Norwegian dinner plates.
    Norway says stocks of minke whales, a relatively small
species with a dark body and a light belly, have recovered to
86,700 animals in the northeast Atlantic and can withstand
limited harvesting.