Japan starts sales of whale meat caught in research studies.
Sales of about 409 tonnes of whale meat from Japan's research
whaling in the North Pacific began last week in wholesale
markets nationwide, according to the Tokyo-based Institute of
The meat is from 100 minke whales, 50 Bryde's whales, 39 sei
whales and five sperm whales caught as part of the Japanese
"research programme" from July to October.
The wholesale price for sei whale meat is Yen 2,800 per kilogram, while the price for Bryde's whale meat is Yen about 2,600, which is Yen 300 cheaper than last year.
Sales will last until the end of March next year.
In addition, the frozen meat of 50 other minke whales caught
in in-shore waters will be distributed to the markets after
obtaining permission from the Fisheries Agency, the institute said.
Catching whales in inshore waters for research purposes was
permitted by the Japanese government for the first time this year.
Web posted: December 17, 2002