According to CNN.com, the Nisshin Maru, a japanese whaling ship, returned from the “field season” with only half its intended sample size for its scientific whaling.
“Japan’s top whaling ship returned to port Tuesday, leading a fleet that killed just 55 percent of its season target of 1,000 whales amid violent protests in the Antarctic.
The Nisshin Maru made a special stop in Tokyo so the coast guard could inspect it for possible damage sustained during clashes in which animal rights activists tossed containers of rancid acid at the whalers.
The fleet killed 551 minke whales this season, far below the plan of up to 935 minke and 50 fin whales. Japan had also planned to take 50 humpback whales this year, but postponed that in December in the face of an international outcry.
Japanese whaling officials criticized protesters for interfering, but vowed to press ahead with the hunt, which is allowed under international rules as a scientific program despite the 1986 ban on commercial whaling.[...]“
While I agree that with Australia’s ministers that the violence and illegal activities of the of the anti-whaling protesters should be condemned, it does seemed to have made an impact on Japan’s annual hunt. Does this send the message that aggressive tactics work while diplomacy and negotiations fail? Is coming home at half capacity considered a whale conservation success? What are your thoughts?