DRIVE FISHERIES: CAPTURE RESULTS & INFORMATION

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This page will attempt to compile fisheries data specifially for drive hunt fishing practices. Numbers posted for years 2000-2009 represent official statistics presented yearly in the "Japan Progress Report on Small Cetacean Researches" which can be found at the Japanese Fisheries Agency or in our References & Citations section at the bottom of this page. Numbers posted for years 2010 to present are not official statistics but reflect estimates as given by witnesses on site. Interested in the live capture dolphins and where they are transported? Check out the Taiji Timeline.

A breakdown of each year's hunt and the results by the day are noted below. Pod size estimates will be rounded up, for example, if 20-25 animals are reported, 25 will be noted in the table. The estimated numbers and other details (when available) will appear in the notes below each season's table.

2014/2015 Season (01-Sep-2014 - ??-???-2015):
Since the start of the season on September 1st, 2014 a total of nine dolphins from one specie has been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan. Of this total nine were slaughtered and none were taken as live-capture or released. Species captured, sold & killed include: Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus). Results by species (to date) are listed below: 2014/2015 Notes

2014/2015 QUOTA:     1,938 total animals from seven species
Bottlenose : 000 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 509 · 000 more allowed
False Killer Whale : 000 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 070 · 000 more allowed
Pantropical Spotted : 000 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 400 · 000 more allowed
Pacific White-sided : 000 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 134 · 000 more allowed
Risso's : 009 caught · 009 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 009 total take · quota = 261 · 252 more allowed
Short-finned Pilot : 000 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 114 · 000 more allowed
Striped : 000 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 450 · 000 more allowed
*caught = total animals driven, take = #'s of animals killed or live-captured, it does not include released animals

2014/2015 Drive Hunt Capture Results (01-Sep-2014 - ??-???-2015) - Taiji, Japan
Date: Common Name: Species: # Driven: # Kill: # Aquariums # Release # Other:
16-Sep-2014 Risso's G. griseus 9 9 0 0 0

2013/2014 Season Notes:
  16-Sep-2014:
8-9 Risso's dolphins driven & slaughtered

2013/2014 Season (01-Sep-2013 - ??-???-2014):
Since the start of the season on September 1st, 2013 a total of 1,450 dolphins from six species have been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan. Of this total 834 were slaughtered, 158 were live-capture and 457 were released. One animals is noted as "Other", indicating one individual that washed ashore dead but was not taken to the butcher house. It was not included in the quota. Species captured, sold & killed include: bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops gilli), Pantropical spotted dolphin (Stenella attenuata), Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus), Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) Results by species (to date) are listed below: 2013/2014 Notes

2013/2014 QUOTA:     2,013 total animals from seven species
Bottlenose : 566 caught · 144 killed · 121 live-capture · 300 released · 265 total take · quota = 557 · 292 more allowed
False Killer Whale : 000 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 070 · 070 more allowed
Pantropical Spotted : 116 caught · 101 killed · 015 live-capture · 000 released · 116 total take · quota = 400 · 284 more allowed
Pacific White-sided : 008 caught · 000 killed · 008 live-capture · 000 released · 008 total take · quota = 134 · 126 more allowed
Risso's : 233 caught · 186 killed · 012 live-capture · 035 released · 198 total take · quota = 265 · 067 more allowed
Short-finned Pilot : 149 caught · 061 killed · 001 live-capture · 087 released · 062 total take · quota = 137 · 075 more allowed
Striped : 378 caught · 342 killed · 001 live-capture · 035 released · 343 total take · quota = 450 · 107 more allowed
*caught = total animals driven, take = #'s of animals killed or live-captured, it does not include released animals

2013/2014 (01-Sep-2013 - ??-???-2014) Drive Hunt Capture Results - Taiji, Japan
Date: Common Name: Species: # Driven: # Kill: # Aquariums # Release # Other:
20-Feb-2014 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 80 45 0 35 0
05-Feb-2014 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 14 11 3 0 0
04-Feb-2014 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 10 0 0 0
29-Jan-2014 Risso's (G. griseus) 11 9 2 0 0
28-Jan-2014 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 65 65 0 0 0
27-Jan-2014 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 4 0 4 0 0
24-Jan-2014 Spotted, Pantropical (S. attenuata) 51 45 6 0 0
23-Jan-2014 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 28 28 0 0 0
17-Jan-2014 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 233 46 47 140 0
14-Jan-2014 Spotted, Pantropical (S. attenuata) 65 56 9 0 0
13-Jan-2014 Risso's (G. griseus) 15 15 0 0 0
12-Jan-2014 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 45 45 0 0 0
09-Jan-2014 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 67 24 13 30 0
07-Jan-2014 Risso's (G. griseus) 34 18 1 15 0
06-Jan-2014 Risso's (G. griseus) 6 3 0 3 0
05-Jan-2014 Risso's (G. griseus) 8 8 0 0 0
23-Dec-2013 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 4 0 4 0 0
22-Dec-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 12 12 0 0 0
20-Dec-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 10 0 0 0
15-Dec-2013 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 40 40 0 0 0
14-Dec-2013 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 3 2 1 0 0
13-Dec-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 22 22 0 0 0
09-Dec-2013 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 40 40 0 0 0
05-Dec-2013 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 35 35 0 0 0
02-Dec-2013 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 75 35 10 30 0
29-Nov-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 25 17 0 8 0
28-Nov-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 5 4 1 0 0
27-Nov-2013 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 11 4 7 0 0
24-Nov-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 6 6 0 0 0
23-Nov-2013 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 45 44 1 0 0
20-Nov-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 25 18 3 4 0
18-Nov-2013 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhynchus) 28 14 1 13 0
16-Nov-2013 Risso's (G. grampus) 13 9 0 4 0
11-Nov-2013 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 33 21 12 0 0
09-Nov-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 11 11 0 0 0
08-Nov-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 9 4 4 1 0
05-Nov-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 11 10 1 0 0
04-Oct-2013 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhychus) 70 17 0 53 1
17-Sep-2013 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhychus) 16 12 0 4 0
11-Sep-2013 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhychus) 35 18 0 17 0
06-Sep-2013 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 60 1 10 48 0
01-Sep-2013 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 70 0 18 52 0

2013/2014 Season Notes:
  05-Feb-2014:
3 bottlenose dolphins taken as live-capture, 1 went to the harbor pens, 2 to Dolphin Base

  ??-Jan-2014:
Transport Unknown number & species transferred to Ishigaki Island, Okinawa for a new swim facility source

  29-Jan-2014:
Transport 4 Pantropical spotted dolphins transferred to Oita Marine Palace / Umitamago Aquarium. source

  28-Jan-2014:
Transport 2 dolphins transported to Hotel Dolphin Resort. source

  26-Jan-2014:
Death 2-3 bottlenose dolphins died in harbor pens. Noted as 3 deaths, numbers for 17-Jan adjusted.

  26-Jan-2014:
Transport 3 bottlenose dolphins transported to unknown location via truck.

  21-Jan-2014:
1 bottlenose dolphin taken as live-capture, 41 dolphins slaughtered.

  20-Jan-2014:
11 bottlenose dolphins taken as live-capture, animals transferred to harbor pens.

  19-Jan-2014:
Death 1 spotted dolphin died in harbor pens, taken to butcher house. #'s from 14-Jan drive adjusted. source

  19-Jan-2014:
15 bottlenose taken as live-capture, 1 died during transfer. source

  18-Jan-2014:
25 bottlenose dolphins taken as live-capture, 1 died en route. 3 dolphins to TWM, 21 to harbor pens. source

  17-Jan-2014:
250 bottlenose dolphins captured, including one albino

  17-Jan-2014:
Transport 3 bottlenose to Hotel Dolphin Resort, 4 Pantropical spotted transfer to Oita Marine Palace

  12-Jan-2014:
Transport 8 bottlenose dolphins transferred, 6 went to Hotel Dolphin Resort, 2 went to Taiji Whale Museum

  23-Dec-2013:
4 Pacific white-sided taken as live-capture.

  27-Nov-2013:
9-11 bottlenose driven, 3-4 slaughtered, 7 live-capture (3 taken to Dolphin Base, 4 to the harbor pens)

  25-Nov-2013:
1 Risso's calf washed ashore, possibly Niru's calf from TWM who went missing November 22, 2013

  23-Nov-2013:
1 striped dolphin live capture, taken to Taiji Whale Museum

  20-Nov-2013:
3 Risso's live-capture, 2 taken to Taiji Whale Museum, 1 to Hotel Dolphin Resort

  19-Nov-2013:
14 pilots slaughtered, 13 released, 1 live-capture (28 total from November 18th drive)

  18-Nov-2013:
20-25 pilot whales driven, held overnight

  16-Nov-2013:
Transport Three bottlenose dolphins transferred from harbor pens to Dolphin Resort Hotel

  14-Nov-2013:
Transport Two bottlenose dolphins transferred to unknown location

  12-Nov-2013:
12 bottlenose taken as live-capture, 33 slaughtered. Dolphins were from November 11th, 2013 drive

  11-Nov-2013:
Transport: 3 Risso's from pens to Dolphin Resort Hotel.

  16-Oct-2013:
1 beluga missing from pens at Dolphin Base, either moved or died

  11-Oct-2013:
1 dead pilot whale washed ashore, taken to butcher house (included in quota)

  10-Oct-2013:
1 dead pilot whale washed ashore, not recovered or taken to butcher house

  07-Oct-2013:
1 dead pilot whale washed ashore, taken to butcher house (included in quota)

  06-Oct-2013:
15 whale slaughtered, 55 released, including 1 whale dead or dying was dumped at sea

  04-Oct-2013:
60-70 pilot whales drive, held for two days

  17-Sep-2013:
16 pilot whales driven, held overnight

  16-Sep-2013:
Transport Five bottlenose transferred to Vietnam, possibly Bao Son Paradise Park

  13-Sep-2013:
1-2 bottlenose dolphins dumped at sea, #'s from Sep 6 will be adjusted to reflect this

  12-Sep-2013:
18 pilot whales slaughtered, 12-17 released

  11-Sep-2013:
30-35 pilot whales driven, held overnight

  07-Sep-2013:
13 bottlenose taken as live-capture, 36-46 released. 1 dolphin died during capture/selection, incidental death.

  06-Sep-2013:
50-60 bottlenose driven and held overnight

  02-Sep-2013:
18 bottlenose taken as live-capture, 42-52 released. Dolphins were from the September 1st, 2013 drive

  01-Sep-2013:
60-70 bottlenose dolphins driven and held overnight.

2012/2013 Season (01-Sep-2012 - 25-Feb-2013):
Since the start of the season on September 1st, 2012 a total of 1,486 dolphins from six species have been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan. Of this total 899 were killed, 340 were released (two of these dependent juveniles Risso's dolphins not likely to survive) and 247 were live-capture. Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (T. gilli), Pantropical spotted dolphins (S. attenuata), Pacific white-sided dolphins (L. obliquidens), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whale (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species (to date) are listed below: 2012/2013 Notes

2012/2013 QUOTA:     2,089 total animals from seven species
Bottlenose : 369 caught · 079 killed · 156 live-capture · 134 released · 235 total take · quota = 604 · 369 more allowed
False Killer Whale : 000 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 070 · 070 more allowed
Pantropical Spotted : 135 caught · 086 killed · 049 live-capture · 000 released · 086 total take · quota = 400 · 265 more allowed
Pacific White-sided : 032 caught · 008 killed · 024 live-capture · 000 released · 032 total take · quota = 134 · 102 more allowed
Risso's : 315 caught · 263 killed · 014 live-capture · 038 released · 277 total take · quota = 270 · 007 over quota
Short-finned Pilot : 291 caught · 141 killed · 002 live-capture · 148 released · 143 total take · quota = 161 · 018 more allowed
Striped : 344 caught · 322 killed · 002 live-capture · 020 released · 324 total take · quota = 450 · 126 more allowed
*caught = total animals driven, take = #'s of animals killed or live-captured, it does not include released animals

2012/2013 (01-Sep-2012 - 30-Apr-2013) Drive Hunt Capture Results - Taiji, Japan
Date: Common Name: Species: # Driven: # Kill: # Aquariums # Release # Other:
20-Feb-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 10 0 0 0
12-Feb-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 17 17 0 0 0
11-Feb-2013 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 110 90 0 20 0
07-Feb-2013 Spotted, Pantropical (Stenella spp) 49 42 7 0 0
05 Feb-2013 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 32 21 11 0 0
03 Feb-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 10 0 0 0
31-Jan-2013 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 17 7 10 0 0
27-Jan-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 58 26 0 32 0
25-Jan-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 14 14 0 0 0
24-Jan-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 30 29 1 0 0
23-Jan-2013 Spotted, Pantropical (S. attenuata) 30 15 15 0 0
21-Jan-2013 Spotted, Pantropical (S. attenuata) 56 29 27 0 0
20-Jan-2013 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 38 25 13 0 0
18-Jan-2013 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 60 60 0 0 0
17-Jan-2013 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 16 16 0 0 0
17-Jan-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 6 6 0 0 0
15-Jan-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 19 17 0 2 0
13-Jan-2013 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 34 34 0 0 0
11-Jan-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 22 20 2 0 0
09-Jan-2013 Risso's (G. griseus) 14 12 2 0 0
08-Jan-2013 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 12 1 11 0 0
07-Jan-2013 White-sided, Pacific L. obliquidens 3 0 3 0 0
23-Dec-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 5 5 0 0 0
20-Dec-2012 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 30 30 0 0 0
12-Dec-2012 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 200 25 101 74 0
11-Dec-2012 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 65 64 1 0 0
09-Dec-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 15 15 0 0 0
07-Dec-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 15 15 0 0 0
02-Dec-2012 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhychus) 12 12 0 0 0
02-Dec-2012 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 16 7 9 0 0
28-Nov-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 7 7 0 0 0
22-Nov-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 10 0 0 0
21-Nov-2012 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhynchus) 9 7 0 2 0
19-Nov-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 15 15 0 0 0
17-Nov-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 6 2 2 0
13-Nov-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 20 18 2 0 0
07-Nov-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 8 4 2 2 0
30-Oct-2012 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrocephalus) 105 22 0 83 0
25-Oct-2012 Striped/td> (S. coeruleoalba) 29 28 1 0 0
21-Oct-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 7 3 0 0
28-Sep-2012 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhychus) 37 22 0 15 0
25-Sep-2012 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 12 0 1 11 0
14-Sep-2012 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhychus) 100 52 0 48 0
14-Sep-2012 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 6 0 0 6 0
11-Sep-2012 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 40 1 12 33 0
10-Sep-2012 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 25 0 9 10 0
07-Sep-2012 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhynchus) 28 26 2 0 0

2012/2013 Season Notes:
  27-Feb-2013:
Transport 4 bottlenose dolphins transferred to an unknown location

  18-Feb-2013:
Transport 2 belugas arrive at Dolphin Base from Russia, part of exhange for four bottlenose from Taiji

  11-Feb-2013:
100-110 striped dolphins (est, SS)

  08-Feb-2013:
Transport, 1 bottlenose from harbor pens to Taiji Whale Museum

  07-Feb-2013:
SS reports 47-49 Pantropicals, but pictures also show striped dolphins in pod, see pic, pic & pic. This will throw off quota numbers for both striped & Pantropical spotted dolphins

  03-Feb-2013:
Transport, 4 dolphins (unk species) transferred to unknown facility

  31-Jan-2013:
Transport, 2 bottlenose from harbor pens to Dolphin Base

  27-Jan-2013:
56-58 Risso's (est, SS)

  23-Jan-2013:
28-30 Pantropical spotted (est, SS)

  23-Jan-2013:
Transport, 8 bottlenose from harbor pens to Hotel Dolphin Resort

  21-Jan-2013:
54-56 Pantropical spotted (est, SS)

  21-Jan-2013:
Transport, 2 bottlenose to Taiji Whale Museum

  20-Jan-2013:
38 bottlenose total, 13 taken as live-capture

  18-Jan-2013:
58-60 striped (est, SS)

  17-Jan-2013:
14-17 striped (est, SS)

  17-Jan-2013:
Transport, 7 Pacific white-sided transported to China, Xiangjiang Safari Park.

  13-Jan-2013:
32-34 striped (est, SS)

  11-Jan-2013:
21-22 Risso's (est, SS)

  ??-Dec-2012:
Transport, 4 Risso's transported inside Japan, Okinawa Marine Research Center (Onna).

  20-Dec-2012:
25-30 striped (est, SS)

  11-Dec-2012:
55-65 striped (est, SS)

  10-Dec-2012:
Transport, 2 bottlenose dolphins transported inside Japan, Dolphin Farm (Awaji).

  09-Dec-2012:
14-15 Risso's (est, SS)

  04-Dec-2012:
9 bottlenose taken as live-capture, 7 bottlenose killed (from Dec 2nd drive)

  03-Dec-2012:
12 pilots killed, dolphins remain held in cove (from Dec 2nd drive)

  02-Dec-2012:
2 pods, bottlenose (16) & pilots (12) driven, held overnight

  22-Nov-2012:
09-10 Risso's (est, SS)

  19-Nov-2012:
13-15 Risso's (est, SS)

  07-Nov-2012:
8 Risso's driven, 2 animals for live-capture, 2 animals (dependent calf &juvenile) released without adult

  01-Nov-2012:
7 pilot whales from 30-Oct drive killed, the remaining pod released

  31-Oct-2012:
14 pilot whales from 30-Oct drive killed, 1 juvenile drowns in net during slaughter (incidental death)

  30-Oct-2012:
95-105 pilot whales (est, SS)

  25-Oct-2012:
27-29 striped dolphins driven, 1 taken for live-capture to Taiji Whale Museum

  25-Oct-2012:
3 live-captured Risso's from Oct 21st drive transferred to Dolphin Resort Hotel

  21-Oct-2012:
10 Risso's driven, 7 killed and 3 taken for live-capture (harbor pens)

  09-Oct-2012:
Transport, 6 bottlenose dolphins transferred via air to Saudi Arabia, Fakieh Aquarium

  05-Oct-2012:
Transport, 1 bottlenose dolphin transferred via truck to an unknown facility within Japan

  29-Sep-2012:
20-22 pilot whales killed, 12-15 released (would make a total of 32-37 driven, conflicting #'s)

  28-Sep-2012:
20-25 (numbers conflict with those reported on Sep 29th) pilot whales driven on 28-Sep, held overnight

  25-Sep-2012:
10-12 bottlenose driven, 1 taken as live-capture to Dolphin Resort Hotel. The remaining pod released.

  21-Sep-2012:
3 bottlenose from harbor pens to TWM, 6 bottlenose from harbor pens to Hotel Dolphin Resort.

  20-Sep-2012:
Fisherman Union releases offical take numbers, since start of season bottlenose (25), pilot whale (78)

  18-Sep-2012:
34-36 pilot whales slaughtered, rest of pod (pilots and bottlenose) released (SS #'s, conflicts with FU #s released Sep 20th)

  16-Sep-2012:
35-40 pilot whales slaughtered, rest of pod remains netted in cove (SS #'s, conflicts with FU #s released Sep 20th)

  15-Sep-2012:
Captive Death,One pilot whale (calf) taken as live-capture dies, the whale was from the Sep 7th drive

  14-Sep-2012:
80-100 pilots, 5-6 bottlenose (est SS, but SS #'s, conflicts with FU #s released Sep 20th)

  12-Sep-2012:
~ 40 bottlenose captured, 12 were selected as live-capture, the rest were released, 1 incidental death

  11-Sep-2012:
Nine dolphins (Sep 10th hunt) taken as live-capture for aquariums, 6 remain netted in cove. Additionally, a drive on this date captures 24-40 more bottlenose

  10-Sep-2012:
Six hour drive hunt results in bottlenose caught: total ~ 25 of which 10 released and 15 held overnight

  09-Sep-2012:
Three pilot whales from the Sep 7th hunt selected as live-capture and transferred to harbor pens.

  07-Sep-2012:
The pod of pilot whales driven on 07-Sep-2012 will be held for 1-2 days in the cove.

2011/2012 Season (01-Sep-2011 - 30-Apr-2012):
Since the start of the season on September 1st, 2011 a total of 848 dolphins from eight species have been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan. Of this total 719 (does not include April 28th pilots) were killed, 48 were released, 51 (does not include April 28th pilots) were live-capture and ~ 5 have an unknown status. Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (T. gilli), False Killer Whales (P. crasssidens), Pacific White-sided Dolphins (L. obliquidens), Pantropical Spotted Dolphins (S. attenuata), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whale (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species (to date) are listed below:

2011/2012 QUOTA:     2,165 total animals from seven species
Bottlenose : 061 caught · 024 killed · 013 live-capture · 024 released · 037 total take · quota = 652 · 615 more allowed
False Killer Whale : 017 caught · 008 killed · 004 live-capture · 000 released · 017 total take · quota = 070 · 053 more allowed
Pantropical Spotted : 133 caught · 131 killed · 002 live-capture · 000 released · 133 total take · quota = 400 · 267 more allowed
Pacific White-sided : 002 caught · 000 killed · 002 live-capture · 000 released · 000 total take · quota = 134 · 132 more allowed
Risso's : 272 caught · 232 killed · 029 live-capture · 016 released · 261 total take · quota = 275 · 014 more allowed
Rough-toothed : 002 caught · 000 killed · 000 live-capture · 002 released · 000 total take · quota = 000 · 000 more allowed
Short-finned Pilot : 034 caught · ??? killed · ??? live-capture · 004 released · 030 total take · quota = 184 · 150 more allowed
Striped : 327 caught · 324 killed · 001 live-capture · 002 released · 325 total take · quota = 450 · 125 more allowed
*caught=total animals driven, take = #'s of animals killed or live-captured, it does not include released animals

2011/2012 (01-Sep-2011 - 30-Apr-2012): Drive Hunt Capture Results - Taiji, Japan
Date: Common Name: Species: # Driven: # Kill: # Aquariums # Release # Other:
28-Apr-2012 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhynchus) 30 ? ? 0 0
27-Feb-2012 Spotted, Pantropical (S. attenuata) 98 98 0 0 0
24-Feb-2012 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 2 0 2 0 0
20-Feb-2012 Bottlenose, Pacifc (T. gilli)3 1 2 0 0
08-Feb-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 24 22 2 0 0
05-Feb-2012 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 30 30 0 0 0
31-Jan-2012 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 40 40 0 0 0
26-Jan-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 21 14 7 0 0
24-Jan-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 16 9 7 0 0
24-Jan-2012 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhynchus) 4 0 0 4 0
24-Jan-2012 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 2 0 0 2 0
15-Jan-2012 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 34 34 0 0 0
10-Jan-2012 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 47 47 0 0 0
09-Jan-2012 Risso's (G. griseus) 9 7 2 0 0
08-Jan-2012 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 13 13 0 0 0
05-Jan-2012 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 45 45 0 0 0
21-Dec-2011 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli ) 33 23 10 0 0
19-Dec-2011 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 25 25 0 0 0
18-Dec-2011 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 38 38 0 0 0
16-Dec-2011 Risso's (G. griseus)? ? 1 4 0
15-Dec-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 7 3 0 0
14-Dec-2011 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 14 14 0 0 0
12-Dec-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 12 11 1 0 0
11-Dec-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 16 13 3 0 0
04-Dec-2011 Risso's (G. griseus)11 8 3 0 0
27-Nov-2011 Spotted, Pantropical (S. attenuata) 35 33 2 0 0
23-Nov-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 11 11 0 0 0
22-Nov-2011 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 9 9 0 0 0
21-Nov-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 15 15 0 0 0
16-Nov-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 7 7 0 0 0
13-Nov-2011 Rough-toothed (S.bredanensis) 2 0 0 2 0
13-Nov-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 19 11 0 8 0
06-Nov-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 10 0 0 0
03-Nov-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 15 15 0 0 0
29-Oct-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 11 11 0 0 0
27-Oct-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 12 10 0 2 0
25-Oct-2011 Risso's (G. griseus)12 10 0 2 0
23-Oct-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 12 12 0 0 0
11-Oct-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 15 15 0 0 0
07-Oct-2011 False Killer Whale (P. crassidens) 17 8 4 0 5
04-Oct-2011 Striped (S.coeruleoalba) 30 29 1 0 0
10-Sep-2011 Bottlenose (T. gilli) 25 0 1 24 0
07-Sep-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 14 14 0 0 0

2011/2012 Season Notes:
  28-Apr-2012:
20-30 (est, SS)

  24-Jan-2012:
03-04 pilots (est, SS). 2 pods reported then 3 species listed, pilot, Risso's & striped.

  10-Jan-2012:
43-47 striped (est, SS)

  08-Jan-2012:
11-13 striped (est, SS)

  05-Jan-2012:
41-45 striped (est, SS)

  21-Dec-2011:
Bottlenose left overnight. Kill & live-capture occurred on 22-Dec-2011.

  19-Dec-2011:
20-25 striped (est, SS)

  18-Dec-2011:
34-38 striped (est, SS)

  15-Dec-2011:
Transport, Risso's to the Hotel Dolphin Resort, Japan (unknown number of individuals)

  08-Dec-2011:
Transport, 1 Risso's to the Hotel Dolphin Resort, Japan.

  04-Dec-2011:
09-11 Risso's (est, SS)

  27-Nov-2011:
30-35 Pantropical spotted (est, SS)

  22-Nov-2011:
08-09 striped (est, SS)

  21-Nov-2011:
12-15 Risso's (est, SS)

  16-Nov-2011:
06-07 Risso's (est, SS)

  06-Nov-2011:
08-10 Risso's (est, SS)

  03-Nov-2011:
13-15 Risso's (est, SS)

  23-Oct-2011:
Transport1 false killer whale to Izu-Mito Sea Paradise.

  07-Oct-2011:
~ 17 false killer whales (est, SS). 4 animals were set aside for captivity and at least 1 was sent to Taiji Whale Museum (TWM). 7-8 animals were killed, a remaining 5 animals have an unknown fate.

  04-Oct-2011:
25-30 striped (est, SS)

  10-Sep-2011:
22-25 bottlenose (est, SS)


2010/2011 Season (01-Sep-2010 - 04-May-2011):
For the season 2010/2011 occuring between the dates of September 1st, 2010 & May 4th, 2011 a total of 1,297 animals have been captured and driven into the cove at Taiji, Japan. Of this total 849 (65%) have been killed, 181 (14%) have been released and 98 (8%) have been sold to the captive display industry. The status of the remaining 169 individuals is unknown. Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (T. gilli), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba), Pantropical Spotted Dolphins (Stenella attenuata), Pacific White-sided Dolphins (L. obliquidens) and Short-finned Pilot Whales (G. macrorhynchus). Drive Hunt Results, Figure 1. Results by species are listed below:

Bottlenose: 700 total animals caught, 311 killed, 62 sold to aquariums & 158 released
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 50 total animals caught, 35 killed, 2 sold to aquariums & 13 released
Risso's Dolphin: 238 total animals caught, 220 killed, 11 sold to aquariums & 7 released
Spotted Dolphin, Pantropical: 30 animals caught, 30 killed, 0 sold to aquariums & 0 released
Striped Dolphin: 253 total animals caught, 251 killed, 2 sold to aquariums & 0 released
White-sided Dolphin, Pacific: 26 total animals caught, 2 killed, 21 sold to aquariums & 3 released

2010/2011 (01-Sep-2010 - 04-May-2011: Drive Hunt Capture Results - Taiji, Japan
Date: Common Name: Species: # Driven: # Kill: # Aquariums # Release # Other:
04-May-2011 Pilot, Short-finned (G. macrorhychus) 50 35 2 13 0
25-Feb-2011 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 25 25 0 0 0
20-Feb-2011 Spotted, Pantropical (S. attenuata) 30 30 0 0 0
19-Feb-2011 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 30 30 0 0 0
16-Feb-2011 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 10 0 10 0 0
15-Feb-2011 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 4 0 4 0 0
09-Feb-2011 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 25 25 0 0 0
02-Feb-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 20 20 0 0 0
01-Feb-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 8 8 0 0 0
30-Jan-2011 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 2 0 2 0 0
28-Jan-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 12 12 0 0 0
27-Jan-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 6 3 3 0 0
26-Jan-2011 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 3 2 1 0 0
25-Jan-2011 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 10 10 0 0 0
23-Jan-2011 Risso's (G. griseus)16 15 0 1 0
20-Jan-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 5 5 0 0 0
18-Jan-2011 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 20 20 0 0 0
14-Jan-2011 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 6 4 0 0
13-Jan-2011 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 20-25 20-25 0 0 0
12-Jan-2011 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) ~ 15 ~ 15 0 0 0
11-Jan-2011 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 30 27 2 0 0
09-Jan-2011 White-sided, Pacific (L. obliquidens) 7 0 4 3 0
08-Jan-2011 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 18 18 0 0 0
07-Jan-2011 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli)21 15 7 0 0
20-Dec-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 6 6 0 0 0
19-Dec-2010 Risso's (G. griseus)15 15 0 0 0
18-Dec-2010 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 20 20 0 0 0
16-Dec-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 8 2 0 0
15-Dec-2010 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 20 20 0 0 0
11-Dec-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 10 10 0 0 0
10-Dec-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 8 8 0 0 0
08-Dec-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 17 14 0 3 0
04-Dec-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 100 79 6 15 0
30-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli)20 20 0 0 0
28-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli)50 50 0 0 0
27-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 28 23 5 0 0
24-Nov-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 4 4 0 0 0
18-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 30 21 9 0 0
15-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 16 14 2 0 0
12-Nov-2010 Risso's (G. griseus)15 15 0 0 0
11-Nov-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 20 20 0 0 0
11-Nov-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 20 20 0 0 0
09-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 8 0 0 0 0
08-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 100 40 0 60 0
04-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 8 Unk 2 Unk Unk
04-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 37 Unk 1 Unk Unk
03-Nov-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli)80-100 Unk Unk Unk Unk
26-Oct-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 10-15 10-15 0 0 0
26-Oct-2010 Striped (S. coeruleoalba) 30-50 30-50 0 0 0
16-Oct-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 6-8 6-8 0 0 0
11-Oct-2010 Risso's (G. griseus)10-15 7 2 6 0
22-Sep-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) 20 0 8 12 0
21-Sep-2010 Risso's (G. griseus) 15+ 15+ 0 0 0
12-Sep-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli)70 0 15 55 0
03-Sep-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli)20 0 Unk Unk 0
01-Sep-2010 Bottlenose, Pacific (T. gilli) ~ 20 0 7 ~ 13 0

2010/2011 Season Notes:
  28-Apr-2012:
20-30 (est, SS)

  24-Feb-2011:
Transport, 7 bottlenose to Batumi Aquarium in the Republic of Georgia.

  30-Jan-2011:
Transport, 3 Pacific white-sided dolphins were transported to an aquarium in Oita, Dolphin Island.

  19-Jan-2011:
Three Pacific white-sided dolphins (one a calf) were released.

  07-Dec-2010:
Transport2 bottlenose dolphins to the Katsurahama Aquarium (capt in November).

  18-Nov-2010:
Two dolphins removed from the holding pens and brought to the gutting barge & killed. Probably the dolphins sent to TWM on Nov 5th, 2010 (see below).

  08-Nov-2010:
Transport, 3 bottlenose dolphins transferred to the Dolphin Resort Hotel

  05-Nov-2010:
Transport, 2 bottlenose dolphins sent to Taiji Whale Museum.

  04-Nov-2010:
Transport, 1 bottlenose dolphin (juvenile) was sent to Taiji Whale Museum.

  11-Oct-2010:
Transport, 2 Risso's were sold to an aquarium, at least one went to Nanki Shirahama Adventure World.

  05-Oct-2010:
Transport, 2 dolphins were moved via truck to Suma Aqualife Park.

  28-Sep-2010:
Transport, 8 bottlenose Dolphins were moved out of the pens to either another park or another holding location.

DRIVE FISHERIES RESULTS, BY CALENDAR YEAR

The fisheries results listed below represent statistics reported by the Japanese Fisheries Agency (JFA) during a calendar year. The results will overlap two seasons of the drive hunt. Per the reporting standards of the JFA released animals will not be recorded.

2009, Fisheries Statistics (Seasons: 2008/2009 & 2009/2010)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2009, which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2008/2009 season includes dates 01 Jan 2009 to 30 Apr 2009 and the start of the 2009/2010 season which dates 01 Oct 2009 to 31 Dec 2009.

In 2009, a total of 1,242 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 1,122 were killed and 120 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: bottlenose dolphins (T.t. gilli), Pacific white-sided dolphin (L. obliquidens), Risso's dolphins (G. griseus), short-finned pilot whales (G. macrorhynchus) and striped dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). 2009 Notes.

Results by species are listed below: Bottlenose Dolphin: 352 total animals caught, 254 killed & 98 live captured
Pacific White-sided Dolphin: 14 total animals caught, 1 killed & 13 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 219 total animals caught, 218 killed & 1 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 336 total animals caught, 328 killed & 8 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 321 total animals caught, 321 killed & 0 live captured

2009 Notes:
  14-Dec-2009:
Death Female bottlenose, "Goyippeun 고이쁜", dies at Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, South Korea.

  08-Oct-2009:
Transport Four bottlenose dolphins transferred to Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, South Korea

  03-Jun-2009:
Transport Three female bottlenose transferred to Jeju Island Marine Park. They were captured in Feb 2008

  ??-Jun-2009:
Transport One male bottlenose transferred to Seoul Zoo, South Korea, he is later named "Sun".

  26-Feb-2009:
Death One female Pacific white-sided dies, L-01.

  26-Feb-2009:
Transport Two bottlenose, J-1 & J-2, transferred to Suma Aqualife Park in Japan

  17-Feb-2009:
Four Pacific white-sided captured, 3 females (L-01, L-02, L-03) & 1 male (L-04)

2008, Fisheries Statistics (Seasons: 2007/2008 & 2008/2009)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2008, which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2007/2008 season includes dates 01 Jan 2008 to 30 Apr 2008 and the start of the 2008/2009 season which dates 01 Oct 2008 to 31 Dec 2008.

In 2008, a total of 1,495 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 1,402 were killed and 93 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: bottlenose dolphins (T.t. gilli), Pantropical spotted dolphin (S. attenuata), Pacific white-sided dolphin (L. obliquidens), Risso's dolphins (G. griseus), short-finned pilot whales (G. macrorhynchus) and striped dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). 2008 Notes.

Results by species are listed below:
Bottlenose Dolphin: 297 total animals caught, 240 killed & 57 live captured
Pacific White-sided Dolphin: 21 total animals caught, 5 killed & 16 live captured
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin: 329 total animals caught, 323 killed & 9 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 99 total animals caught, 98 killed & 1 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 216 total animals caught, 208 killed & 8 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 533 total animals caught, 528 killed & 5 live captured

2008 Notes:
  ??-???-2008:
Drives of Pacific white-sided occurred on 26-Dec (2), 16-Feb (8), 10-Feb (3) and 3-Feb (3). (# live captured)

  26-Dec-2008:
Pacific white-sided, Tetra & Sarah, captured.

  26-Nov-2008:
Transport Two male Pacific white-sided (K-1 & K-3) transferred to Dalian, China

  06-Oct-2008:
Death Pacific white-sided dolphin K-4 dies

  25-Sep-2008:
Transport Six Pacific white-sided dolphins (J-1, J-3, K-2, K-5, K-6, K-7) transferred to Kish Island Dolphin Park, Iran

  25-Sep-2008:
Transport One male bottlenose dolphin transferred to Seoul Zoo, South Korea, later named "Taiji".

  13-Sep-2008:
Transport One Risso's dolphin (F), transferred to Hefei Sea World, China

  24-Jun-2008:
Transport One Pacific white-sided (Sufi / J-2) transferred to Dalian, China

  25-Feb-2008:
Death Pacific white-sided dolphin K-8 dies

  19-Feb-2008:
Miscarriage Pacific white-sided dolphin J-3 miscarries a male calf.

  16-Feb-2008:
Miscarriage Pacific white-sided dolphins J-1 & J-2 both miscarry male calves on the same day.

  16-Feb-2008:
Eight Pacific white-sided captured, all males (K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, K-5, K-6, K-7 & K-8).

  10-Feb-2008:
Three pregnant Pacific white-sided captured (J-1, J-2 & J-3).

  03-Feb-2008:
Three female Pacific white-sided captured, Omatsu, Ofuu & Chacha (P-1, P-2 & P-3).

2007, Fisheries Statistics (Seasons: 2006/2007 & 2007/2008)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2007, which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2006/2007 season includes dates 01 Jan 2007 to 30 Apr 2007 and the start of the 2007/2008 season which dates 01 Oct 2007 to 31 Dec 2007.

In 2007, a total of 1,239 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 1,149 were killed and 90 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: bottlenose dolphins (T.t. gilli), Risso's dolphins (G. griseus), short-finned pilot whales (G. macrorhynchus) and striped dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). 2007 Notes.

Results by species are listed below:
Bottlenose Dolphin: 300 total animals caught, 223 killed & 77 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 243 total animals caught, 238 killed & 5 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 312 total animals caught, 304 killed & 8 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 384 total animals caught, 384 killed & 0 live captured

2006, Live Capture Results (Seasons: 2005/2006 & 2006/2007)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2006, which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2005/2006 season includes dates 01 Jan 2006 to 30 Apr 2006 and the start of the 2006/2007 season which dates 01 Oct 2006 to 31 Dec 2006.

In 2006, a total of 1,624 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 1,499 were killed and 125 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops spp), False Killer Whale (P. crassidens), Pantropical Spotted Dolphins (S. attenuata), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whales (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species are listed below:

Bottlenose Dolphin: 285 total animals caught, 205 killed & 80 live captured
False Killer Whale: 30 total animals caught, 6 killed & 24 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 198 total animals caught, 190 killed & 8 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 232 total animals caught, 232 killed & 0 live captured
Spotted Dolphin, Pantropical: 400 total animals caught, 387 killed & 13 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 479 total animals caught, 479 killed & 0 live captured


2005, Live Capture Results (Seasons: 2004/2005 & 2005/2006)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2005, which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2004/2005 season includes dates 01 Jan 2005 to 30 Apr 2005 and the start of the 2005/2006 season which dates 01 Oct 2005 to 31 Dec 2005.

In 2005, a total of 1,062 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 1,022 were killed and 40 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops spp), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whales (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species are listed below:

Bottlenose Dolphin: 285 total animals caught, 249 killed & 36 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 40 total animals caught, 38 killed & 2 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 340 total animals caught, 340 killed & 0 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 397 total animals caught, 395 killed & 2 live captured


2004, Live Capture Results (Seasons: 2003/2004 & 2004/2005)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2004, which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2003/2004 season includes dates 01 Jan 2004 to 30 Apr 2004 and the start of the 2004/2005 season which dates 01 Oct 2004 to 31 Dec 2004.

In 2004, a total of 1,676 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 1,537 were killed and 139 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops spp), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whales (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species are listed below:

Bottlenose: 570 total animals caught, 475 killed & 95 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 62 total animals caught, 62 killed & 0 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 444 total animals caught, 437 killed & 7 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 554 total animals caught, 554 killed & 0 live captured


2003, Live Capture Results (Seasons: 2002/2003 & 2003/2004)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2003, which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2002/2003 season includes dates 01 Jan 2003 to 30 Apr 2003 and the start of the 2003/2004 season which dates 01 Oct 2003 to 31 Dec 2003.

In 2003, a total of 877 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 842 were killed and 35 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops spp), False Killer Whale (P. crassidens), Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (S. attenuata), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whales (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species are listed below:

Bottlenose: 121 total animals caught, 105 killed & 16 live captured
False Killer Whale: 17 total animals caught, 12 killed & 5 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 55 total animals caught, 55 killed & 0 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 55 total animals caught, 55 killed & 0 live captured
Spotted Dolphin, Pantropical: 102 total animals caught, 102 killed & 3 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 382 total animals caught, 382 killed & 0 live captured


2002, Live Capture Results (Seasons: 2001/2002 & 2002/2003)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2002 which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2001/2002 season includes dates 01 Jan 2002 to 30 Apr 2002 and the start of the 2002/2003 season which dates 01 Oct 2002 to 31 Dec 2002.

In 2002, a total of 2,018 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 1,935 were killed and 83 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops spp), False Killer Whale (P. crassidens), Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (S. attenuata), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whales (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species are listed below:

Bottlenose: 760 total animals caught, 688 killed & 72 live captured
False Killer Whale: 7 total animals caught, 7 killed & 0 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 55 total animals caught, 55 killed & 0 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 221 total animals caught, 220 killed & 1 live captured
Spotted Dolphin, Pantropical: 400 total animals caught, 400 killed & 3 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 565 total animals caught, 565 killed & 0 live captured


2001, Fisheries Results (Seasons: 2000/2001 & 2001/2002)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2001 which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 2000/2001 season includes dates 01 Jan 2001 to 30 Apr 2001 and the start of the 2001/2002 season which dates 01 Oct 2001 to 31 Dec 2001.

In 2001 a total of 1,226 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 1,191 were killed and 35 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops spp), False Killer Whale (P. crassidens), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whales (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species are listed below:

Bottlenose: 207 total animals caught, 195 killed & 12 live captured
False Killer Whale: 29 total animals caught, 18 killed & 11 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 212 total animals caught, 210 killed & 2 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 353 total animals caught, 350 killed & 3 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 418 total animals caught, 418 killed & 0 live captured


2000, Fisheries Results (Seasons: 1999/2000 & 2000/2001)
The following capture statistics represent data collected for the calendar year, 2000 which actually overlaps two seasons of the drive hunt - the end of the 1999/2000 season includes dates 01 Jan 2000 to 30 Apr 2000 and the start of the 2000/2001 season which dates 01 Oct 2000 to 31 Dec 2000.

In 2000 a total of 2,077 animals were captured during the drive hunts in Wakayama (Taiji). Of this total 2,009 were killed and 68 were live-capture for the captive display industry. Specifics of the hunts by the day and details such as the number of animals released are currently unknown.

Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops spp), Pantropical Spotted Dolphins (S. attenuata), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whales (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba). Results by species are listed below:

Bottlenose: 1,339 total animals caught, 1,271 killed & 68 live captured
Pilot Whale, Short-finned: 109 total animals caught, 109 killed & 0 live captured
Risso's Dolphin: 367 total animals caught, 367 killed & 0 live captured
Spotted Dolphin, Pantropical: 27 total animals caught, 27 killed & 0 live captured
Striped Dolphin: 235 total animals caught, 235 killed & 0 live captured



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