September 27th, 2016 (Ko Dong-hwan). A Korean court has jailed a group of illegal whalers who sold their catch to restaurants.
On Tuesday, Daegu District Court sentenced two ship captains, a delivery man and some 30 fishermen to prison terms ranging from 10 to 18 months and fined them 1.5 million won ($1,360) to 5 million won.
The whalers used six ships to catch about 40 minke whales in waters off the eastern coast near the city of Pohang and Yeongdeok district, in North Gyeongsang Province, from 2014 to August this year. Minke whales are protected in Korea.
“The crime is considered serious because it was carefully planned and its scale and length are not of a minor level,” the court said, according to Yonhap news agency.
Minke whales usually sell for 25 million won to over 100 million won apiece, according to media reports.