Visit Cape Muroto in Kochi and learn more about living with whales at the museum, then sample delicious local whale cuisine at friendly local restaurants.
"It is important not to lose our food culture" says Professor Takashi Matsuishi, adding that whale should be used "sustainably based on scientific evidence."
The oceans cover 70% of the planet and NAMMCO provides an essential forum for unrestricted discussion of the interrelationship between humans and marine mammals.
"Eating marine mammals is our national identity," said the participants from Greenland. Their unity of viewpoint impressed this first-time participant.
Lessons in sustainability at NAMMCO showed why the whaling issue is not easily tidied away by declaring whether one is "for" or "against" hunting the animals.