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Whale hunting season is open in Chukotka

In Chukotka, on May 19, whalers of the territorial-neighboring community of the village of Lorino caught the first gray whale. Thus, they traditionally opened the 2014 fishing season, during which the Okrug's marine hunters will be able to catch 120 gray and 2 bowhead whales. This was announced by the head of the fisheries department of the Department of Agricultural Policy and Environmental Management of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Sergei Redkin - the press service of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug administration reported.

- Last year, the opening of the season happened a week earlier. Lorin's marine mammals were able to get the first 12 animal in May. The whaling season lasted until December 2 2013. Then the hunters exceeded the quota and extracted gray whales 127, of which seven marine mammals were in reserve, - Sergey Redkin reminded.

According to him, traditionally the meat of the extracted whales is distributed within the community for the food of the village. Hunting for animals is allowed to the indigenous inhabitants of Chukotka in order to ensure the possibility of maintaining the original type of economic activity, as well as preserving cultural identity.

This year, the territorial-neighboring communities of the Chukotka, Providensky and Iultinsky municipal districts are allowed to hunt for whales. In accordance with the limits set by the Fisheries Council of the district, the Lorino community will be able to catch 56 gray whales. The Daurkin community, which includes several villages, was allowed to hunt 34 marine mammals. The quota for the Providensky area is 22 gray whales, and for the Iultinsky area - 3 mammals.

We add that the villages Neshkan and Lilacs will be able to get one bowhead whale. The reserves of the Chukotka Autonomous Region also have 15 grays and 3 Greenland giants. If necessary, they will be used during the fishing season.

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