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An update of the Japanese DNA register for large whales
Mutsuo Goto, Hiroyuki Oikawa and Mioko Taguchi
International Whaling Commission
The status of the Japanese DNA register for large whales was presented and discussed during the 2005 IWC SC meeting (IWC, 2006). Since then, the number of genetic samples and the number of individuals analyzed and registered have been reported to the IWC SC annual meetings. The annual reports include information of whales taken by the scientific whaling (JARPN/JARPNII and NEWREP-NP) and by the commercial whaling in the North Pacific, in the the Antarctic (JARPA/JARPAII and NEWREP-A), and from bycatches. The most recent full description of the protocol used by the Institute of Cetacean Research for the genetic analyses in the context of the IWC guidelines was presented by Kanda et al. (2014).