Subject: Info: JAPAN TO CATCH 100 MINKE WHALES

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 11 Jun 1995 08:51:05

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09-Jun-95 11:30 am Regular  International
 
JAPAN TO CATCH 100 MINKE WHALES THIS YEAR
 
 
   Tokyo, June 9 Kyodo - A four-ship Japanese fleet will leave
tomorrow for the northwestern Pacific tomorrow to catch minke whales
for research purposes, Fisheries Agency officials said today.
   The fleet will leave from Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and
operate in the sea until early September to catch up to 100 minke
whales under the agency's whaling policy for this year, the
officials said.
   The operation is expected to draw bitter reaction from
anti-whaling nations as the International Whaling Commission, at its
annual assembly last Friday, adopted a resolution urging Japan to
discontinue whaling even for what it terms research purposes.
   But Toshihiko Tsuruoka, vice minister of agriculture, forestry
and fisheries, said the IWC resolution was nonbinding, while the
commission's science committee appreciated Japan's research whaling.
   The departure of the fleet was timed for research reasons,
Tsuruoka said, denying its connection with the IWC's annual
assembly.
 
 
Kyodo jc