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Whale research byproducts

The ICR has two ongoing research programs under special permit which represent the core activities of the Institute. The whale research program in the Antarctic (JARPA) started the year the ICR was established and its second phase began in 2000. The other research program in the western North Pacific (JARPN) started in 1994 and its second phase commenced in 2005.


After biological sampling, the carcass of captured whales is disposed of according to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling regulations (Article VIII Paragraph 2) which require that byproducts be processed and utilized so far as practicable. Thus, byproducts of both whale research programs are processed and sold within Japan under guidance of the Japanese government and the proceeds of the sale are used to cover a portion of the research costs.

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