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Whaling expert: Russia lacks equipment to resume commercial whaling

January 27, 1997

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia could not resume commercial whaling even if it wanted to, an oceanology expert said Monday.

Russia lacks the specialized whaling ships, tackle, and experienced crew that would be needed, Valery Vladimirov, head of the sea mammal department of the Russian Fishing and Oceanological Research Institute told the ITAR-Tass news agency.

Vladimir Izmailov, head of the State Fishing Committee for fish stocks, last week suggested commercial whaling might resume, notably among ethnic groups on Russia’s Chukotka peninsula. He cited an increased whale population in the Barents, Bering, Black and White seas and a drop in fish stocks.

Vladimirov agreed the whale population has increased, but said the Chukotka people have been able to catch only 40 whales of the 140 they were permitted to bring in.

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