Alien Organisms and trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Compilation of knowledge about minke whale


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Publishing: 15.02.2022

Key message:

The Norwegian Environment Agency has requested VKM to make a scientific compilation of knowledge about minke whales globally.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, has listed minke whales on the CITES appendix I list, which means that commercial trade is prohibited.
Norway has a reserved themselves from this listing and therefore can trade minke whale and minke whale products. Norway treats minke whales as a CITES appendix II species, and may grant permission for export and commercial trade, if an updated CITES risk assessment is available.


The scientific compilation of knowledge should contain the following information:
- Distribution: an account of the species‘ current geographical distribution globally, and information on changes/trends in distribution.
- Habitat and life history: a summary of the habitat the species lives in and its general life history.
- Population size and trends: historical and current population size(s) and any trends in population size on a global scale and in sub-populations.
- Habitat trends: information on changes over time to the habitat of minke whale that may have an impact on the species.
- Population structure: information on any changes/trends in demographics (global and sub-populations).
- Threats: a summary of threats facing the species with a brief discussion on the relative degree of severity.
- Monitoring: overview of which monitoring programs that monitor population sizes and the harvest of minke whale (national and international).
- Trade: information on national and international trade in the species. The information must include a description of how the species is harvested from nature, what types of specimens/products are common in trade, and quantification of international trade with any trends/changes in demand. The information must also include any illegal trade/capture.

Project group

The VKM project group consists of:
Eli K. Rueness Opens in new window., Member, VKM Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and Chair of the project group.
Erlend B. Nilsen Opens in new window., Member, VKM Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Kjersti S. Kvie, Opens in new window. Project manager, VKM Secretariat.

The Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is responsible for the compilation of knowledge, which is scheduled to be published on 15 February 2022.


Kjersti Kvie

Senior advisor, PhD

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