2017/2018 quota for the drive fishery in taiji, japan has been released. this quota allows for a take of 1,940 animals from 9 species and has added 2 species to the list - rough-toothed dolphins & melon-headed whales.
the 2017/2018 quota by species is:
101 short-finned pilot whales
450 striped dolphins
414 bottlenose dolphins
251 risso's dolphins
400 pantropical spotted dolphins
070 false killer whales
134 pacific white-sided dolphins
020 rough-toothed dolphins
100 melon-headed whales
in addition to drive hunt, rough tooths and melon headed have been added to the hand harpoon quota in two prefectures - wakayama and okinawa. in wakayama, 30 melon-headed whales can be taken, while in okinawa, 13 rough-tooths and 60 melon-headed are allowed via this method.
including both hand-harpoon and drive hunting, a total of 33 rough-tooths and 190 melon-headed whales have been added to the overall small cetacean quota in japan.