By Tom Ewing 

Another Next Step in Makah Tribe Whale Hunt Application

 

March 1, 2020



On January 29 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced an important step in the process to allow the Makah Indian Tribe to “take” a limited number of Eastern North pacific gray whales. “Take,” in this context, means to hunt and kill. The Makah view whaling as integral to the tribe’s culture, as important today as it was centuries ago. The Makah reservation is at the westernmost tip of Washington State, where the Pacific becomes the Salish Sea.

Last April, NMFS published a proposed rule that would grant a waiver to the Makah tribe, allowing the hunt. The federal Marin...



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