Japanese Mother Boat Returns after Restarted Commercial Whaling

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Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Pref., Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese whaling mother ship Nisshin Maru returned to Shimonoseki Port in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, on Friday after finishing this year's commercial whaling, the country's first in 31 years.

In the three-month whaling period, this year's quotas were almost met, including 187 Bryde's whales.

Commercial whaling "made a good start," said fisheries minister Taku Eto.

After departing the port on July 1, the Nisshin Maru also caught 25 sei whales and 11 minke whales at locations including waters off the coast of Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

The quantity of catches reached upper limits for sei and Bryde's whales, while that for minke whales did not.

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