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Minke whales in the Northeast Atlantic are commercially exploited by Norway. The management of this species is based on application of the Revised Management Procedure (RMP) developed by the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. The input to this procedure are catch statistics and absolute abundance estimates. The total quota for 2007 is 1052 animals, including transfers from earlier years. The quota for 2006 was also 1052 minke whales in total, of which 609 could be taken in the Northeastern stock area and 443 in the Jan Mayen area. There were no catching undertaken in the Jan Mayen area, and in the Northeastern area 546 animals were caught. The present quotas are based on abundance estimates calculated from surveys conducted in 1989, 1995 and 1996–2001. The most recent estimate (1996–2001) for the Northeastern stock of minke whales is 80,500 animals, and for the Jan Mayen area, which is also exploited by Norwegian whalers, 26,700 animals.
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