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2016-2017

Taiji Drive Figures 

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2016/2017 quota for drive fisheries in Taiji

The quota for the 2016/2017 drive hunt season has been released by the Fisheries Union. The quota allows for a take of 1,820 animals via drive hunt fishery in Taiji, Japan.
This total was reduced from the previous year by 53 animals with reductions made for bottlenose dolphins and Risso’s dolphins. Bottlenose were reduced by 48 animals from 462 to 414 while Risso’s dolphins were reduced by 05 animals from 256 to 251.

Since 1 September 2016, a total of 1,282 dolphins from 5 species have been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan. Of this total, 595 were slaughtered, 448 were released and 232 have been taken as live-capture. In addition to these numbers, at least 7 animals have died following capture.  Released animals have included dependent juveniles and calves.
All information has been collated by Ceta Base, please visit their site for further information.

Bottlenose
quota 414

469 caught
0 killed
179 live-capture
286 released
183 total take
231 more allowed

Pacific white-sided
quota 134

20 caught
0 killed
20 live-capture
0 released
20 total take
114 more allowed

Striped
quota 450

305 caught
305 killed
0 live-capture
0 released
305 total take
145 more allowed

Pantropical spotted
quota 400

170 caught
0 killed
32 live-capture
135 released
35 total take
365 more allowed

Risso’s
quota 251

259 caught
248 killed
0 live-capture
11 released
248 total take
3 more allowed

Short-Finned Pilot
quota 101

59 caught
42 killed
1 live-capture
16 released
43 total take
58 more allowed

SEPTEMBER
1-8 – Blue
9 – Red – Dolphin Project estimates 16-19 Risso’s were driven with 15 slaughtered and 04 released. Japanese media confirms 20 animals were driven.
10-14 Blue
15 – Blue – Dolphins escaped after fighting the hunters for over 2.5 hours.
16 – Red – 80-100 bottlenose and approx. 18-20 pilot whales trapped in The Cove. – Read more
17 – Red – 38 bottlenose dolphins taken captive.  – Read more
18 – Red – Another four bottlenose were selected for captivity.
The rest of the bottlenose dolphins have been pushed back to sea.
Out of the terrified pilot whales pod, one dolphin was selected for captivity. Then another skiff appeared, with a sling on either side. Two juvenile pilot whales were wrestled into the slings. Cove Monitors live streamed as the dolphins were transferred to banger boats, where they were taken out to sea and released, in the absence of the rest of the pod.
At around 10:05 a.m., after ensuring the remaining pilot whales were secured inside the cove, they were, once again, left alone, where they will spend a third night – waiting. – Read more
19 – Red – A total of nine adult pilot whales and about seven juveniles, 16 dolphins in total, had lost their lives. They suffered greatly during their prolonged confinement. These past four days have clearly illuminated the cruel slaughter process that takes place in Taiji, with fishermen uncaring of the suffering of these sentient mammals. – Read more
20-22 – Blue
23 – Red – Pod of bottlenose dolphins driven into The Cove and held overnight.
24 – 6 bottlenose dolphins were taken captive. The remaining pod of approximately 15-20 dolphins, have been pushed back to sea. – Read more
25-30 – Blue

OCTOBER

1-3 – Blue
4 – Red – Approximately 20 Risso’s dolphins were slaughtered in the cove today.
5-18 – Blue
19 – Red – Aprrox 35 striped dolphins lost their lives through extreme brutality in The Cove. –  Read more
20-25 – Blue
26 – Red – Unbearable acts of cruelty as pod of approx 30-40 striped dolphins were slaughtered in Taiji – Read more
27-31 – Blue

NOVEMBER

1-4 – Blue
4 – Red  – 20-30 Risso’s dolphins slaughtered while several juveniles were dumped at sea.
5-15 – Blue
16 – Red – A pod of 15-20 Risso’s dolphin – including mothers and babies – were driven into the cove and brutally slaughtered. These magnificent dolphins are in the process of being reduced to pig food, pet food and fertilizer.
17 – Red –  After 5 hours of fighting 8-10 Risso’s dolphins were dragged into the killing cove and slaughtered. Today is the 2nd consecutive red cove day.
18- 21 – Blue
22 – Red – 12-15 Risso’s dolphins were driven into the killing cove today, including mothers with calves.
23 – 28 – Blue – 24th – 3 Bottlenose dolphins transferred to Taiji whale museum.
29 – Red – 25-30 Risso’s dolphins slaughtered in the cove.
30 – Red – Striped dolphins.

DECEMBER

1 – Blue
2 – 3 – Blue – Read : Maisie Williams: Stop going to dolphin shows
4 – Red – Taiji: global ambassador Maisie Williams was on the ground with @dolphin_project today as 20-25 striped dolphins were slaughtered in the cove.
5 – Red – 7 bottlenose dolphins have been taken for a life in captivity. The remainder of the pod have been driven back out to sea. Very sad day here in Taiji.
6 –  Blue
7 – Large pod of Pilot whales will be left in the cove overnight. Their fate will be decided in the morning.
8 – Red – Pilot whales tortured for hours. A family ripped apart, juveniles pushed back to see to try to survive on their own. Read: In Taiji: OK to Kill a Whale – But, Touch a Twig, End up in Jail?! : Like children awaiting their mothers – 30 hours of terror
9 – 11 – Blue
12 – Red – A large pod of approximately 70 Pantropical spotted dolphins were driven into The Cove, resulting in 18 being selected for “life” in captivity. It would appear one dolphin died in transport. The rest of the pod (around 52) were driven back out to sea.  Read: One Dolphin’s Story: Pantropical Spotted Dolphin Capture
13 – 14 – Blue
15 – Red – Pod of Striped Dolphins has been slaughtered in the cove. The sound was one of the most horrific parts of the slaughter, as they threw still alive dolphins onto the skiffs. No tradition is worth covering up unless you have something to hide.
16 – 18 – Blue
19 – Red – 8 Bottlenose – 4 taken captive, 4 driven back out to sea. Read: Prisoners for profit
20 – Red – Taiji: No words can share the gruelling struggle this Rissos Dolphin endured after witnessing his entire pod being slaughtered.
Read: Taiji Shows More Cruelty With a Small Pod of Risso’s Dolphins
21 – 30 – Blue –  21 & 22 Dec – Dead dolphins were removed from the harbor pens. Once again covering the “tradition” with tarps.

JANUARY

1 – 4 – Blue
5 – Red – 35 Striped dolphins
10 – Red – 35 Striped dolphins
11 – Red – 12 Risso’s
12 – 16 – Blue
17 – Red – 40 Striped dolphins
18 – 19- Blue
20 – Red – 200+ Bottlenose dolphins were driven into The Cove, the pod is held overnight. Read: Massive pod of bottlenose dolphins captured in Taiji
21 – Red – 30 bottlenose dolphins taken as live-capture from pod. 1 dolphin died & removed from the harbor pens.
22 – Red – 23 bottlenose dolphins taken as live-capture from pod driven on 20-Jan, total of 53 dolphins selected from this pod over two days.
23 – Red – A total of 100 dolphins selected from this pod over four days. Read: 99 hours of hell
24 – 28 – Blue
29  – Red – 15 Risso’s
30 – 31 – Blue

FEBRUARY

1 – Red – 35 Striped dolphins
2 – Red – 30 Risso’s dolphins
3-5  – Blue
8 – Red – 15 Risso’s dolphins
9-11  – Blue
12 – Red – 5 Risso’s dolphins
13 – Red – 5 Risso’s dolphins – Read: Hunters joyous as Risso’s fight to stay alive
14 – Red – 10 Risso’s dolphins
15  – Blue
16 – Red – 8 Risso’s dolphins, 3 calves released. – Read:  Families Fight For Their Lives
17  – 18 – Blue
19 – Red – 20 Pacific white-sided dolphins are now in harbor pens. – Read: Pacific white-sided dolphins captured in Taiji
20  – 25 – Blue
27 – Red – 17 Pantropical spotted dolphins were taken for a life of captivity, the rest were driven back out to sea.
28 – Blue – Read: Taiji Drive Season Over