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Status Globally

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Lower Risk / Near Threatened (LR/nt)

CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)

Appendix I (endangered)
West Greenland stock in Appendix II Link

IWC (The International Whaling Commission)

Following the moratorium in 1986 minke whales are protected from whaling apart from commercial catches under objection and subsistence catches in the North Atlantic and special permit catches in the North Pacific. Norway objected the moratorium and resumed the commercial hunt in 1993. Japan and more recently Iceland (2003) have also started to hunt minke whales under the pretext of scientific research. The annual total catch increases continuously and numbers today reach several thousand animals.


Status within North America

ESA (U.S. Endangered Species Act)

Currently not listed

COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada)

Not at risk (unpublished report, 2006)