New Report Estimates Extent of 20th Century Industrial Whaling

Between 1900 and 1999, nearly three million large whales were killed and processed. At the turn of the last century, technological advances in the commercial catch of whales combined with whale processing advances. This made whales more vulnerable to harvest. As one species declined, efforts increased on other species. This recent study provides the first audit of the 20th century’s international commercial whaling operations. In addition to the global reported catch, recent assessments of illegal whaling activity provide greater accuracy in calculating the total global catch. To learn more click here.

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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)