Wednesday, May 30, 2007

IWC Approves Makah Whale Quota

KONP AM 1450 Serving the Olympic Peninsula
"Makah given whaling approval
May 30th, 2007 - 10:52am

(Port Angeles) - The Makah tribe has international approval to hunt gray whales for another five years. The International Whaling Commission gave approval for the Neah Bay tribe to kill 20 whales. But the tribe still must get a waiver of the federal marine Mammal Protection Act before any more hunts can begin. It could be years before another whale is harpooned off the Olympic Peninsula. The tribe last killed a gray whale in 1999. Makah Councilman Micah McCarty says yesterday's announcement is a symbolic victory, since whale hunting is tied up in other legal battles."