National Geographic : 2013 Jun
Sperm Fin (endangered) Humpback Bryde’s Bowhead Sei (endangered) Gray Common Minke and Antarctic Minke Japan 540 Norway 533 Denmark 203 (Greenland) Iceland 58 Russia 128 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2 Canada 3 U.S . (Alaska) 51 So. Korea 21 (Illegal) FinSpermSei Minke Minke Minke Humpback Humpback Bowhead Bowhead Fin Minke Gray Bowhead MinkeBryde’s Minke 1,193 Fin 6 Sei 96 Bryde’s 50 Humpback 10 Sperm 1 Gray 128 Bowhead 55 1900 1917 1931 2011 1993 1986 Moratorium 1964 Peak 1946 IWC formed 20,000 0 40,000 1,539 82,998 Whales hunted and killed worldwide whales were hunted and killed in 2011 TYPE OF PERMITS Scientific Commercial Aboriginal Norway catches Japan catches 2011 totals by country Cultures that eat whale meat account for all of today’s catch. traditional Arctic hunters in greenland, russia, the U.S., and Canada take a small number. Caribbean islanders with a whaling history are also given a quota. By species Minke whales are the top catch because they’re still globally abundant. their relatively small size once made them less desirable, so their numbers remained high. Accidental catches in fishing nets are a concern. Today’s whale catch All other species caught in 2011 (below) were once devastated by overhunting. they are recovering, though many regional populations of these wide-ranging whales have failed to rebound. Of whales currently hunted, the sei and fin whales are still classified as endangered.