Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Department Chair or Program Director

Ray, Margaret

First Advisor

Ray, Margaret

Second Advisor

Hansen, Bradley

Third Advisor

Lee, Donghyun

Major or Concentration



This project examines the effect the International Whaling Commission has had on the Japanese Whaling Industry. Economic research into this field has been limited, and new analyses are needed considering Japan’s recent departure from the International Whaling Commission and resumption of commercial whaling. In particular, we seek to determine whether the 1986 moratorium banning commercial whaling has had a significant impact on the quantity of whales harvested by Japanese whaling vessels. Although this project did not find that the moratorium significantly impacted whale harvesting, there is a number of limitations to this research that suggest further study is required.

Included in

Economics Commons