IN BRIEF: Rough seas thwart Norwegian whalers

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Rough seas thwart Norwegian whalers

Oslo - Norway's whalers failed to catch their 1995 quota of 232 whales, officials said yesterday as the country's two-month hunting season ended. Whalers had caught 213 minke whales when the hunt period expired. One vessel was allowed until Saturday to catch two more. The failure was attributed to poor weather: rough seas make it more difficult to use harpoons. Norway resumed commercial whaling in 1993 in defiance of a moratorium imposed in 1985 by the International Whaling Commission. Reuter