The Japanese Fisheries Agency reported that fishermen today concluded the whaling season, with the lowest historical rate of catches.
This year, Japan caught 103 “minke” whales, well below the 266 pieces caught last year, while failed to capture any specimens of The “fin” whale, because of the actions of the American Conservation Association Sea Shepherd.
This season, the Japanese ships were interrupted during the current campaign four times by Sea Shepherd vessels.
Yoshimasa Hayashi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, said that, for the next whaling season, Japan will seek “more help from other countries to carry out the whale research properly “.
The ships will return to port between today and Sunday after 48 days at sea.