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Top Ten Countries That Catch Most Whales


International Whaling Commission (IWC) identifies three different types of whaling: aboriginal subsistence whaling, commercial whaling, and special permit whaling for scientific purpose. In 1985-86 IWC placed a ban or “Moratorium” on commercial whaling, but still, many countries continue to conduct commercial whaling under objection or reservation to the moratorium.

Top Ten Countries That Catch Most Whales
Description : The map shows the top 10 countries that caught the most whales since 1985 and up to 2018. Total catches include all three types of whaling: aboriginal subsistence whaling, commercial whaling, and special permit whaling for scientific purpose. Disclaimer




World Top Ten Countries That Catches Most Whales

Rank Country Total Catches (1985-2018)
1 Japan 23,078
2 Norway 14,327
3 USSR 7,043
4 Denmark 5,443
5 Russia 2,871
6 Iceland 1,867
7 USA 1,685
8 Korea 213
9 Indonesia 196
10 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 44

Source: International Whaling Commission (IWC)

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