Makah Tribe Could Again Hunt Whales Off Washington Coast

Makah whalers celebrate atop a dead gray whale after a successful hunt seen in this May 17, 1999, file photo, in Neah Bay, Wash. CREDIT: ELAINE THOMPSON/AP
Makah whalers celebrate atop a dead gray whale after a successful hunt seen in this May 17, 1999, file photo, in Neah Bay, Wash. CREDIT: ELAINE THOMPSON/AP

READ ON

The Makah Tribe held a final hunt in 1999, but has not since practiced its whaling rights.

A proposal out Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would allow the Makah Tribe to hunt between 1-3 gray whales annually in their historic hunting range.

It has treaty rights to hunt gray whales, and did so up until the 1920’s, until it voluntarily ceased the practice due to concerns over the whales population decline.

The Makah Tribe held a final hunt in 1999, but has not since practiced its whaling rights.

The soonest a hunt could occur is in 2020. However, there are several procedural and legal steps that must take place before then.

Animal rights activists have opposed the proposal in recent years.

The proposal faces a hearing with an administrative law judge in August.

Copyright 2019 KUOW

Related Stories:

The Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River. CREDIT: BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION

Public Invited To Clarkston-Pasco-Vancouver Workshops On Question Of Snake River Dams

Upcoming public workshops will examine a draft report that gauges how people in Washington want to deal with the fate of the dams. At the workshops, officials will present the report’s findings, followed by a panel discussion. People can submit written and online comments on the draft report through Jan. 24. Continue Reading Public Invited To Clarkston-Pasco-Vancouver Workshops On Question Of Snake River Dams

Makah whalers standing atop dead whale

After 20 Years, Washington’s Makah Tribe Hopes To Hunt Whales Again

The tribe’s plans have been tied up in legal fights and layers of scientific review. The next step is a week-long administrative hearing that began Thursday in Seattle. Whatever the result, it’s likely to be stuck in further court challenges, as animal rights activists have vowed to block the practice they call unnecessary and barbaric. Continue Reading After 20 Years, Washington’s Makah Tribe Hopes To Hunt Whales Again