ary management of By leaving the IWC ultilateralism and setdent for conservation e very serious negar the world's whales," ng a reprieve for the urrently protected in but at a very high ing whale stocks, the atorium on commer86, a move credited pecies from imminent n, Iceland and Norway have continued to hunt whales. Japan has until now justified its annual Antarctic whale hunt in the name of scientific research, which it says is necessary to evaluate global populations of whale species.
That argument was rejected by the International Court of Justice in 2014, when it ruled that Japan's Antarctic hunt had no scientific basis. Japan stopped for a year, then resumed with a new "research program" that it claimed met the court's concerns. In October, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species also struck a blow against Japan's whaling industry.
Japan says it will start commercial whale hunting.