Norway whale catches fall to lowest in a decade

 Photo: fiskeri.no/H.P.Tysnes

Photo: fiskeri.no/H.P.Tysnes

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s whale catches are set to fall to the lowest in more than a decade in 2009, a decline blamed by the industry on financial problems and by environmentalists on dwindling demand for the meat.

“The total number of whales… caught so far is 481. We expect to catch 3-4 more,” Svein Ove Haugland, deputy director of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organization which handles the meat, told Reuters Wednesday.

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