Norway plans minke whale cull

Norwegian authorities have announced plans to kill up to 1,052 minke whales for commercial purposes this year.

Norway’s Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Ministry says that the quota level is set conservatively and is sustainable in relation to overall whale numbers.

The International Whaling Commission estimates that 107,000 minke whales live in the Atlantic waters off Norway.

The move has provoked ire from environmental groups, who have called on the country to respect the two-decade old moratorium on whaling.