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Catch Limits for Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling

The Commission sets catch limits for aboriginal subsistence whaling. The catch limits are based on advice from the IWC’s Scientific Committee using a Strike Limit Algorithm to calculate safe catches limits. More information can be found here

The Aboriginal Subsistence catch limits currently in force are:

Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort Seas stock of bowhead whales (taken by native people of Alaska and Chukotka)
A total of up to 392 bowhead whales can be landed in the period 2019 - 2025, with no more than 67 whales struck in any year, except that any unused portion of a strike quota from the three prior quota blocks shall be carried forward and added to the strike quotas of subsequent years, provided that no more than 50% of the annual strike limit is added to the strike quota for any one year).

Eastern North Pacific gray whales (taken by native people of Chukotka and Washington State)
A total of up to 980 gray whales can be landed in the period 2019 – 2025 provided that the number of whales struck in any year shall not exceed 140 (except that any unused portion of a strike quota from the prior quota block shall be carried forward and added to the strike quotas of subsequent years, provided that no more than 50% of the annual strike limit is added to the strike quota for any one year).

East Greenland common minke whales (taken by Greenlanders)
An annual strike limit of 20 whales is allowed for the years 2019 – 2025. Any unused portion of a strike quota shall be carried forward and added to the strike quotas of subsequent years, provided that no more than 3 strikes shall be added to the strike quota for any one year. Commencing in 2020, and provided a Strike Limit Algorithm for this stock has been developed by then, any unused portion of a strike quota from the prior quota block under a Strike Limit Algorithm management advice can be carried forward and added to the strike quotas of subsequent years, provided that no more than 50% of the annual strike limit is added to the strike quota for any one year.

West Greenland bowhead whales (taken by Greenlanders)
An annual strike limit of 2 whales is allowed for the years 2019 - 2025. Any unused portion of a strike quota from the prior quota block under a Strike Limit Algorithm management advice shall be carried forward and added to the strike quotas of subsequent years, provided that no more than 50% of the annual strike limit is added to the strike quota for any one year.

West Greenland fin whales (taken by Greenlanders)
An annual strike limit of 19 whales is allowed for the years 2019 - 2025. Any unused portion of a strike quota from the prior quota block under a Strike Limit Algorithm management advice shall be carried forward and added to the strike quotas of subsequent years, provided that no more than 50% of the annual strike limit is added to the strike quota for any one year.

West Greenland common minke whales (taken by Greenlanders)
An annual strike limit of 164 whales is allowed for the years 2019 - 2025. Any unused portion of a strike quota from the prior quota block under a Strike Limit Algorithm management advice shall be carried forward and added to the strike quotas of subsequent years, provided that no more than 50% of the annual strike limit is added to the strike quota for any one year

West Greenland humpback whales (taken by Greenlanders)
An annual strike limit of 10 whales is allowed for the years 2019-2025. Any unused portion of a strike quota from the three prior quota blocks under a Strike Limit Algorithm management advice shall be carried forward and added to the strike quotas of subsequent years, provided that no more than 50% of the annual strike limit is added to the strike quota for any one year.

Humpback whales taken by St Vincent and The Grenadines
For the years 2019-2025 the total number of humpback whales taken shall not exceed 28.