Whaling captains get set for spring hunt

Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2001

BARROW (AP) -- Barrow's whaling captains are getting ready for the spring whaling season, scheduled to start within the next few weeks.

''It starts when it starts,'' a spokesperson for the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission said. ''They go whaling when the ice conditions are right and the whales are migrating.''

Earlier worries about the ice, which didn't form until well into January this winter, seem to have passed. But the open leads necessary for the bowhead migration have not formed yet.

Quotas for this year's harvest remain the same as last year: Two bowheads for Diomede, eight each for Savoonga and Gambell, two for Wales, four for Kivalina, 10 for Point Hope, seven for Wainwright, 22 for Barrow, four for Nuiqsut and three for Kaktovik.

The quotas can be transferred from village to village on a ''need basis.''

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