Japanese whalers returned to port Saturday after capturing 333 cetaceans in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protest by organizations opposed to the hunt, authorities said.
A fleet of Five ships began its campaign in November as part of Japan's controversial "scientific" whaling.
Three whalers, including the main ship of the fleet, the Nisshin Maru, arrived on Saturday. morning at the port of Shimonoseki, in western Japan, said a port official.
In total, the five whalers captured 333 minke whales (minke whales) as planned without being interrupted by opponents of these minke whales. In 1965, the Japanese whalers were confronted with animal rights organizations, in particular, the Fisheries Agency said in a statement.
at Sea Shepherd. The NGO announced last year that it was not planning a protest at sea this season.
Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission's moratorium on hunting, but uses a loophole in the text that authorizes the hunting of cetaceans for scientific purposes. The International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop its regular hunting campaigns in Antarctic waters in 2014, saying they did not meet the required scientific criteria.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated at the end of January his country's desire to continue the so-called "scientific" whale hunt in Antarctica and eventually to resume commercial fishing.
Whale consumption has a long history in Japan, where it has been hunted for centuries. The whaling industry flourished after the Second World War, bringing animal protein to the country's inhabitants. Japanese consumer demand, however, has declined considerably in recent years.