Alien Organisms and trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment is preparing a risk assessment of Norwegian export of common minke whale products (Balaenoptera acutorostrata).
The Norwegian Environmental Agency requested the assessment.
The common minke whale is listed on CITES (Convention on trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora) Appendix I, meaning that international commercial trade in this species is prohibited.
Norway holds a reservation against the Appendix I-listing of minke whale, and therefore issues annual catch quotas for the northeast Atlantic minke whale population. A portion of the annual minke whale catch is exported. The VKM risk assessment will form the scientific basis for processing export permit applications related to minke whale products.
In order to assess if export of minke whale products could be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild or could have an effect on its role in the ecosystem, VKM will gather and analyse information on population developments and trends, threats and conservation, as well as on the management of minke whales in the northeast Atlantic.
Members of the project group are:
The Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment is responsible for the evaluation of the project. The final report will be published June 28th, 2019.