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whaler
捕鯨船(後出 whaling は捕鯨、huntもここでは捕鯨、(minke) whale は〈ミンク〉クジラ、International ... (IWC) は国際捕鯨委員会)
catch
捕獲物、漁獲量(後出 catch quota は漁獲割当量)
resume
再開する
fleet
船団
ban
禁止する
withdraw
脱退する
take effect
発効する
Fisheries Agency
水産庁
exclusive ... zone
排他的経済水域
cover
口実
【写真説明】 unload
水揚げする
A minke whale is unloaded at a port in Kushiro, Hokkaido, on July 1. (Mainichi)

Japanese whalers bring home 1st commercial catch in 31 years   

Japanese whalers returned to port with their catch on July 1 after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years.

A fleet of five boats brought back two minke whales to the port of Kushiro in Hokkaido.

It was the first commercial hunt since 1988, when Japan switched to what it called research whaling after commercial whaling was banned by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Japan gave six months' notice that it was withdrawing from the IWC, a move that took effect on June 30.

The Fisheries Agency said the hunts will stay within the country's exclusive economic zone, and the catch quota for the rest of this year will be 227 whales.

Under its research whaling, which was criticized as a cover for commercial hunts because the meat was sold on the market, Japan caught as many as 1,200 whales a year.

Whaling is losing support in other whaling nations including Norway and Iceland, where whalers have reduced catches in recent years amid criticism that commercial hunts are bad for their national image and tourism. (AP)

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