Japan to devise new Antarctic whaling programme

2014-09-16 17:24
Japan whaling ship. (Institute of Cetacean Research, AP)

Japan whaling ship. (Institute of Cetacean Research, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tokyo - The Japanese government will devise a new plan to resume whale hunts in Antarctic waters, a news report said on Tuesday, after it was banned earlier this year from pursuing its research whaling programme in the Southern Ocean.

Whaling experts will meet in October to draw up a new whaling programme, Kyodo News agency reported. The meeting is intended to mollify the opposition from anti-whaling countries and promote transparency, Kyodo reported, citing unnamed sources.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague decided in late March to halt Japan's whaling programme, ruling that it contravenes a 1986 moratorium on whale hunting.

The ruling prompted Tokyo to give up sending a whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean for the current financial year through March 2015.

The International Whaling Commission began a four-day convention in Slovenia on Monday, where Japan and anti-whaling countries such as Australia are clashing over Tokyo's attempt to seek a continuation of whaling on a smaller scale, Kyodo reported.

Japan needs to submit its new programme in early November so that it can be discussed at the whaling body's scientific committee meeting scheduled for May 2015, the report said.

Read more on:    icj  |  japan  |  antarctica  |  research  |  conversation  |  marine life

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.