2017/2018 quota for the drive fishery in Taiji allows for a take of 2,047 animals from nine species and has added two species to the list – rough-toothed dolphins & melon-headed whales.
The 2017/2018 quota by species is:
101 short-finned pilot whales
450 striped dolphins
414 bottlenose dolphins
251 Risso’s dolphins
400 Pantropical spotted dolphins
070 false killer whales
134 Pacific white-sided dolphins
027 rough-toothed dolphins
200 melon-headed whales
In addition to drive hunt, rough tooths and melon headed have been added to the hand harpoon quota in two prefectures – Wakayama and Okinawa. In Wakayama, 30 melon-headed whales can be taken, while in Okinawa, 13 rough-tooths and 60 melon-headed are allowed via this method. Including both hand-harpoon and drive hunting, a total of 33 rough-tooths and 190 melon-headed whales have been added to the overall small cetacean quota in Japan.
On 1 December 2017, the Japanese Fisheries Agencies issued an updated quota, increasing the allowed take for rough-toothed dolphins and melon-headed whales in Wakayama. As of this date, the new quota numbers are:
rough-toothed – 27 (increased from 20)
melon-headed – 200 (increased from 100)
All information has been collated by Ceta Base. Reports from Dolphin Project