Whaling Countries 2022

1. Japan

International Whaling Commission ties were severed in 2018 for this country. It was announced that they would continue to hunt sei, Bryde, and minke whales.

In 2008, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) first listed the sei whale as threatened. For business reasons, Japan is one of three whaling firms.

2. The United States 

Whaling is legal in Alaska. However, it is not commercial. As a means of subsistence, the locals engage in this occupation. Here, no hunting for profit is tolerated. Only three nations actively engage in commercial whaling: Japan, Norway, and Iceland.

Gray whale hunting was illegal in the United States by federal law as of 2018. However, it was permitted for indigenous to shoot other animals.

In comparison to the almost 40,0000 whales commercially harvested even after the IWC prohibited the practice in 1986, the non-commercial hunting for food is insignificant.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other organizations publish regular updates on the status of whaling.

3. Norway

Since 1993, this whaling nation has exceeded the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) annual limit. Despite the 1986 commercial whale hunting agreement, it has not abided.

Three nations engage in commercial whaling, with Norway being one of the most active. Norway and Island both protested whaling moratoriums, which members of the International Whaling Commission are permitted to do. By 2015, roughly 40% of the female whales killed by Norway had given birth.

4. Iceland

It’s one of the nations that hasn’t been part of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) for the longest. It has been a policy of the United States since 1991 not to participate in any activities of the organization that advocates for limitations on commercial whaling activities.

However, they attempted to rejoin the IWC in 2002. Occasionally, they’ll go for the critically endangered fin whale.

This country is one of only three in the world that makes a living off of the commercial harvesting of whales. But there are also some counter-arguments. In 2015, several hunters said that these enormous creatures were eating all the fish.

A mere 2% of the people in the area ate the meat by this time. However, this was the case for over 35% of the site’s users. And even then, it seems that hunters discarded the flesh.

5. Faroe Islands

An autonomous Denmark area has killed over 100 whales since 2019. On the other hand, this region consumes meat rather than sells it.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) registrations nor national or EU lasts do not affect their local customs.

Whaling is practiced in Faroe solely as a means of obtaining food. Since 1584, this animal has been harvested by these people.

As a group, hunters share the meat and fat they’ve collected between themselves. Members of the community who cannot hunt due to sickness or infirmity are still entitled to a portion of the harvest.

Country2022 Population
Faroe Islands49.2330
United States334805.2690

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