It was decided by the International Whaling Association that membership countries would issue permits to researchers upon the approval of a proposal by a government sponsored board of scientists.
In recent years only Japan, Norway and Iceland have issued permits (which is ironic because those are the most prominent countries for the whale meat market). The Japanese research program is called the JARPA II Program and the JARPN II Program; it is a 2-year “feasibility” study to find the estimation of biological parameters among other objectives. Combined these programs allowed for the capture of 850 Antarctic minke whales, 50 fin whales, 50 humpback whales, 340 minke whales, 50 Bryde whales, 100 sei whales and 10 sperm whales. Altogether researchers were permitted to capture and kill 1,450 whales.
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