More than 720 whales have been harpooned in Norway in the most deadly hunting season since the Government began defying an international ban in 1993.
The number is under the country’s self-imposed quota of 1,286 and the Government claims the four-month hunt is for the “protection and sustainable harvesting of marine resources”.
But retailers are having trouble shifting the huge amount of minke meat in supermarkets, as Norwegians show little appetite for whale.
“Good catches are positive, but we now face market challenges,” he said.
“We possess more meat than we can sell and that is not a favourable position to be in.”
“Norwegian whaling is based on the principle of protection and sustainable harvesting of marine resources.
“Management of resources is founded on scientific advice, with the objective based on the concept of an ecosystem approach.”
Inspectors ensure compliance with whaling regulations, it added, and whalers have to take an annual course on safety and on ways to “ensure that as little pain and stress as possible is inflicted” on the mammals.