Norway Whaling Update

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NORWAY WHALERS CATCH BULK OF 1994 QUOTA
    By Alister Doyle
    OSLO, July 20 (Reuter) - Norwegian whalers have landed more
than half of their quota of minke whales in a controversial hunt
this year despite disruption by environmentalists, Norway's
whale meat process centre said on Wednesday.
    ``They've caught at least 181 minke whales of the total
quotas of 301,'' said Harald Dahl, sales manager at the centre
in Svolvaer, north Norway. Whale carcasses are delivered to the
centre and prepared for sale as steaks or sausages.
    Nineteen of the 29 whaling boats had left the hunting
grounds after completing their commercial catches, permitted by
Oslo in defiance of a 1985 moratorium by the International
Whaling Commission (IWC), he said.
    ``We'll try to ensure they don't get any more,'' said Paul
Horsman, a Greenpeace campaigner aboard the environmental
group's vessel Sirius in the North Sea.
    Three coastguard vessels were trying to prevent Greenpeace
activists from approaching the Senet, a whaling vessel which
harpooned a minke whale early on Wednesday, he said.
    Greenpeace and the more radical environmental group Whales
Forever have clashed repeatedly with whalers and the Norwegian
coastguard in recent weeks.
    Norway argues that stocks of minke whales, a small species,
have recovered to 86,700 in the northeast Atlantic and can
withstand limited commercial catches. It resumed the hunts last
year after a six-year break, bringing threats of U.S. trade
sanctions from President Bill Clinton.
    Environmentalists say stocks may be far lower and that the
hunt, with exploding harpoons, is cruel and unnecessary for a
rich nation. And they say Norway is setting a damaging precedent
for international cooperation on other environmental issues.
    Dahl also said prices paid to fishermen for whale meat -- --
had tumbled to 33 crowns ($4.80) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) from
67 crowns ($9.74) per kg at the start of the season.
    And the average price so far this season was just 41 crowns
($5.96) a kg against 48 ($6.98) all of last year. Dahl said that
hot weather in recent weeks had contributed to curb demand.
    ``Possibly the Norwegian public are beginning to register
that whale meat is not something they need,'' Horsman said.
Norwegian whalers have repeatedly argued that demand is high and
that quotas could easily be raised to 2,000 a year.