Return-Path: <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Received: from flo.org by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (MX V3.1C) with SMTP; Fri, 29 Jul 1994 12:10:40 EDT Date: Fri, 29 Jul 1994 12:13:38 -0400 (EDT) From: WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org To: email@example.com Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Norway/Whale Discussion Case From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 28-JUL-1994 10:59:56.41 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: NORWAY WANTS MINKE WHALES OFF Date: Thu, 28 Jul 1994 03:19:00 UTC Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: email@example.com Subject: NORWAY WANTS MINKE WHALES OFF X-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> NORWAY WANTS MINKE WHALES OFF U.N. ENDANGERED LIST By Alister Doyle OSLO, July 21 (Reuter) - Norway said on Thursday it wanted minke whales taken off a United Nations list of most endangered species but rejected charges by Greenpeace that it aimed to start exports of whale meat. The foreign ministry said Norway wanted signatories of the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to relax restrictions on minke whales at a meeting in November in the United States. Minke whales, a relatively small type of the marine mammal, are listed among species in danger of extinction on CITES Appendix One, under which all hunts and trade are banned. Oslo, which resumed commercial hunts of minke whales last year after a six-year break, wants the whales shifted to Appendix Two of less threatened species. Under Appendix Two, restricted exports under licence would be allowed. ``The minke whale is not a stock threatened by extinction and doesn't belong on Appendix One,'' foreign ministry spokesman Arthur Baste Knudsen said. ``We want it classified in line with reality. But we have no plans for exports.'' Oslo says that stocks in the northeast Atlantic total 86,700 mammals and can withstand limited catches. The environmental group Greenpeace, which has clashed repeatedly with whalers and the Norwegian coastguard in recent weeks, said a change of classification would be a first step towards exports. ``Norway wants it taken off the list as it could continue its whaling more profitably by exporting to Japan,'' Greenpeace spokesman Stefan Flothmann said aboard the Greenpeace vessel Sirius, held by police in the western port of Egersund. Whale meat is a delicacy in Japan. Four Greenpeace activists were being held by police in Egersund, charged with trying to disrupt hunts in the North Sea on Wednesday. This year whalers have a quota of 301 of the mammals. Flothmann said Norway may be vastly overestimating the stocks. Knudsen said Norway's government has repeatedly refused requests for export permits for whale meat and products -- ranging from skeletons for display in foreign museums to whale penises, an aphrodisiac in some Asian nations. ``Whale products require export permits and none will be given,'' he said.