NOAA study could set stage for tribal whaling to resume

A whaling crew member rejoices after removing the harpoon from a gray whale killed by the Makah Tribe in 1999. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

“This is a first step in a public process ... that could eventually lead to authorization for the tribe to hunt gray whales,” said Donna Darm, associate deputy regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries in the West Coast region.

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