The quota is set on the basis of computational models developed by the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
"With this we have established a quota that provides adequate security for sustainable hunting of minke whale population," said Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, "and emphasizes that we also paves the way for continued stability and favorable framework conditions for the whaling industry."
Takes only half the quota taken
1. April marks the start of this year's whaling. The quota is the same as last year and the year before. In 2011, the 533 animals taken.
The figures for last year are not yet available, but the catch is likely to be far less than the quota allowed. Last year's season cables extended by one month to 31 september.
In the end of August last year it was shot 459 animals.
Facts about whaling:
The members of the IWC (International Whaling Commission) voted in 1982 to impose a total ban on commercial whaling.
Norway reserved its position and maintain a commercial hunting of minke whales, even though Norway is a member of the IWC.
Norway has set a specific quota for minke whales within acceptable sustainable limits.
20 boats have registered for whaling in 2012. It is about the same as last year. Quota is 1286 animals.
Norway, Iceland and Japan are the only nations in the world that operates commercial whaling.
In 2008 the population of minke whales in the northeast Atlantic, estimated at 103,000 animals.
Whaling season begins 1 April and ends on 31 august.
Facts about IWC:
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was created to manage whale species under the Convention of 1946 that regulates whaling. The Convention would ensure sustainability of the global whale species.
For years, the IWC a purely administrative body where whaling nations met and blocked a proposal to cut the whale quotas. Over taxation continued until it was profitable to hunt whales.
In the 1980s the IWC character to become more and more a conservation organization. Membership has since grown to 80 nations. In 1982, the IWC agreed on a moratorium banning commercial whaling. Moratorium took effect in 1986.
Norway suspended its commercial whaling in 1988 after international pressure. But since Norway had reserved from the moratorium, could Gro Harlem Brundtland five years later reopen commercial whaling of minke whales.
Also in 2013, there will be free hunting in all stations.
The quota is set on the basis of computational models developed by the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Minister Lisbeth Berg-Hansen emphasizes thatcatches are sustainable, while the whaling industry has stable and good facilities.
In recent years, only about half of the quota is taken, according to figures from the Directorate of Fisheries. In 2011 533 of the 1,286 minke whales in the quota cuts. The figures for last year are not yet available, but the catch is likely to be far less than the quota allowed.