Subject: Info: Whale meat market, Norway (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Sat, 6 Jul 1996 14:51:40 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 19:21:35 +0200
From: Georg Blichfeldt <highnor@online.no>
To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET>
Subject: Whale meat market, Norway

3 July 96 the Info Summary for U.S. Congress and Staff (by Gene Buck)
reported that "only 56 of 202 minke whales killed this year have been
sold, and that whalemeat equivalent to at least 30 whales was still in
cold storage from the 1995 harvest".

The enclosed article from High North Web News, 5 July 96
( http://www.highnorth.no/Meny.map?48,87 )provides an update on the
market situation for minke whale meat in Norway.


Norwegian Minke Whaling:
No Problems Selling Meat, but Blubber Mountain Growing

"At present Norwegian minke whalers have no problems finding a market
for their meat," says Harald Dahl of the Norwegian Fish Sales
Organisation to High North Web News. "The meat bought by the production
companies is distributed immediately," he says.

According to Dahl, who is in charge of the whale meat auctions at the
Fishermen's Sales Organisation, there is also no longer any more meat
left in storage from last summer's whaling season.

Due to a dispute between the Fishermen's Sales Organisation and the
dominant group of whale meat buyers over the fixed minimum first-hand
price of whale meat, the buyers refused to buy the meat for a period in
June and the Fishermen's Sales Organisation considered a temporary
hunting stop. The conflict was solved, however, with the fixed minimum
price being upheld, and the Fishermen's Sales Organisation
granting the whale meat buyers just short of one million Norwegian
kroner in subsidies for the storage of whale blubber. It is the
Fishermen's Sales Organisation that has the authority to set the minimum
price, which for this season has been set at NOK 26.50. The last catches
have been auctioned off at close on NOK 30, with NOK 31.50 being the
highest bid so far.

There is no market for whale blubber in Norway. The Norwegian government
has implemented a voluntary ban on the export of whale products and
consequently the blubber mountain is steadily growing. The whalers are
obliged to take the blubber ashore.

Of the 1996 quota of 425 minkes, just under 100 have yet to be taken.
The season was set to close on July 8, but has been extended until July
15.

This year, more of the meat has been sold from the production companies
directly to the consumers. This way the price of first class whale meat
is kept at about NOK 70 compared to the 120 to 150 kroner that has to be
paid in supermarkets and fish and game shops.


Georg Blichfeldt,
High North Alliance,
Po. Box. 123,
N-8390 Reine,
Norway

email: highnor@online.no