- Establishment of humpback quota will lead to minke and orca quotas in the future.
- Permitting whaling for the Makah tribe will be a gateway towards more tribes requesting this same provision (native communities on Vancouver Island have expressed interested).
- Makah whaling will further strengthen the positions of Japan, Norway and Iceland to heighten their illegal whaling activities, and weaken the US as an international voice for whale conservation.
- Local resident whales will be specifically threatened should a quota be established at Neah bay.
- Aboriginal groups are acting as fronts for Japanese and Norwegian whaling interests (corruption/collaboration between native groups and commercial whalers).
- Whaling and whales are central to Makah culture.
- Tradition involves rituals and ceremonies which are deeply spiritual
- Whale hunting imposes a purpose and discipline beneficial to the entire community.
- The tradition involves tremendous preparation and intention.
- The relationship between Makah and whales dates from 2,000 years ago (Ozette deposits provide evidence of this).
- Neah Bay Treaty permits the hunting of whales for the Makah.
Subsistence/Native Harvest Data
Takes by Russian aboriginals: 126 in 2003, 110 in 2004, 115 in 2005, 129 in 2006, and 126 in 2007 (2). The average was 121 whales during the 5-year period from 2003-2007 (2).