OSLO, July 29 (Reuters) reports - 'Norway has extended its controversial whale hunt by two weeks until August 14 off its northern Finnmark coast and in the Barents Sea, the Fisheries Ministry said on Wednesday.
The season will end as originally planned on July 31 in the North Sea, the ministry said. Norwegian whalers have captured 581 minke whales so far in 1998 out of an allowed catch of 671 -- the highest quota since the country resumed commercial whaling in 1993 in defiance of an International Whaling Commission moratorium.
Friday 24th July
Nothing happened today. We sat around in the harbour indulging in witty repartee with the jolly crew and waiting for repairs to be completed. (Or, we are depressed being stuck in Stornoway again and irritating the heck out of each other.)
A sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with a wound of more than 2m long on its body - presumably caused by a vessel at sea - grounded on a beach in Valparaiso at the beginning of this week, according to the National Fisheries Service (Sernap).
The whale, which was 12m long and weighed about four tonnes, was found dead at the side of the Caleta Portales fishermen's dock, in an advanced state of decomposition.
The Solomon Islands is not protesting against Japan's experimental fishing of Southern Bluefin Tuna, as fisheries authorities say it will not affect their tuna stocks.
Japan intends to start an experimental fishery which will increase Japan's current 6,000-tonne quota by 1,400 tonnes.
Wednesday 20th July
Dreams and feathered lions.
We awake to fog but this starts to lift a little before eight. It was a long night.
Spinning through the darkness in a claustrophobic bunk perched on a heaving sea is about as close as I plan to come to drowning. Not surprisingly then, during what can only be called a fitful sleep, flashbacks of recent events pile in and transport.
Thursday, July 23, 1998
Opponents criticise proposed buffer zone for whale hunters
As the Makah Indians prepare for their first whale hunt in more than 70 years, the U.S. Coast Guard is discovering that the First Amendment and harpoons make for uneasy sea mates.
The Coast Guard yesterday proposed rules that would keep the expected throng of seagoing protesters at least 1,500 feet from the tribe's whaling vessels.
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FISHERMEN BLOCK PORT
French fishermen blocked Marseilles port last week in protest against the European Union driftnet ban which is due to take effect in 2002.
Port officials said two ships from North Africa were diverted to nearby Toulon after trawlers prevented them from entering the docks.