Barrow whaling crews nearing harvest quota

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2000

BARROW (AP) -- Barrow whaling crews have harvested eight of the 12 bowheads in their fall whaling quota, whaling leaders said Thursday.

The last take was Tuesday. The Lloyd Panigeo crew prayed over the whale they took, then began the journey home with the mammal in tow.

The first fall whale harvested was a 41-foot, 9-inch male taken Sept. 26 by the Vernon Edwardsen crew. On Sept. 29, William Leavitt Jr.'s crew and Jacob Adams Crew each took whales measuring around 30 feet each, although vital statistics were not available. A third bowhead was struck and lost.

On Sunday, the James Ahsoak crew took a big 51-foot male. Henry Kignak harvested one of about 31 feet long for the Tukle crew, and the George Ahmaogak Sr. crew landed a 25-foot, 10-inch female.

The whaling village of Wainwright has asked to go fall whaling, and the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission granted them a quota of two whales for the fall season.

''We are glad to have them taking part in the fall season, usually just Barrow, Kaktovik and Nuiqsut do fall whaling,'' said Commission Chairman Maggie Ahmaogak.

The village of Lorino in the Chukotka region of Northeast Russia has reported harvesting a bowhead. The whale is one of a quota of five transferred to the Russian Eskimos of the region by the Alaska Whaling Commission. The whale is no doubt a blessing to the impoverished area. Gennady Innankeous was the captain that harvested the whale, according to Maggie Ahmaogak.

Barrow whaling crews were planning to resume their hunts on Friday, Ahmaogak.

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