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Whaling commission extends hunt quota for Alaska Natives

Alaska's three-member congressional delegation says the International Whaling Commission has extended catch limits of bowhead whales for Alaska Eskimo subsistence hunters.

The six-year extension was approved Tuesday at the IWC's annual meeting, which is taking place in Panama City this year.

The current Alaska bowhead limits were set to expire at the end of the year.

A statement released by the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission says the IWC adopted catch limits allowing Alaska and Russia Native hunters to land as many as 336 bowhead whales from 2013 to 2018.

The AEWC says annual limits adopted are the same as they have been for the past 15 years.

Under the current 2012 bowhead quotas, 75 strikes were distributed among 11 Alaska whaling villages and seven were allocated to Russia's Chukotka Natives.

Associated Press