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It said consumption of whale meat in Japan had declined by almost 99 per cent between 1962 and 2017, with less than 4000 tonnes of it eaten in 2017.
Today, about 4,000-5,000 tons are supplied to Japan annually, or 30-40 grams of whale meat consumed per person a year, Fisheries Agency officials say.
The blue whale population is estimated to have declined from 350,000 to roughly before whale hunting was banned in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission established under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946.
The assessment was based on different pictures of the whale apparently taken by security personnel.
The other two are blue whale and Arabian humpback whale.There are a few records of the presence of Bryde's whale in Pakistan which are mainly based on the beached carcasses.
"This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale.
"You can buy whale meat at all supermarkets and seafood shops here," the 70-year-old said at a roadside station, where a huge model of a blue whale skeleton stands alongside harpoon guns.
The country makes little secret of the fact that much of the meat from the 'research' ends up on the dinner plate, and local Minamiboso resident Kazuo Tachikawa is proud that whale meat is a 'regional speciality'.
"Knowing their numbers are so low, it's always exciting when we are able to document a North Atlantic right whale," says Kate Lomac-MacNair, project manager and co-lead observer at Smultea Environmental Sciences, a subcontractor for DEC's large whale aerial survey.
The IWC meeting adopted a declaration aimed at preserving whales, which called for continuing a halt in commercial whale hunting.
A globally endangered species, the behavior of whale sharks, locally called butanding, largely remains a mystery.