An updated humpback whale catch series for the North Pacific
Yulia V. Ivashchenko and Phillip J. Clapham
We reviewall knowncatches ofhumpbackwhales intheNorthPacific, withassignments tosixfeedingandfive breedinggrounds. Catchrecordsgo backto1656, althoughinevitablyearlyrecords are incomplete. Takingmaximumvalues for the historical fisheries inAsia andCalifornia-Oregon, the recorded/imputedtotal catchfor the period1656-1972is 40,727whales. The total for just the 20th century (1900-72) is 30,871.