26 Jun 2010

Greenland can hunt humpback whales

3:52 pm on 26 June 2010

The International Whaling Commission has granted Greenland the right to hunt humpback whales.

The quota is part of the self-ruled Danish nation's subsistence whaling, but the move has angered conservation groups on the final day of a conference of IWC members in Morocco.

The IWC has allowed Greenland the right to hunt nine humpback whales for its inuit population each year until 2012, with its existing quota of more than 200 minke and fin whales cut by the same number, the ABC reports.

Greenland says IWC scientists have determined that harvesting 10 whales every year for a decade would not adversely affect humpback populations.

Australia, Monaco and the Buenos Aires group initially objected, but all nations were asked to approve the request in the spirit of co-operation.