The fin whale is listed as endangered by the USDI and is on Appendix 1 of CITES; it is only listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Fin whales were heavily hunted over the last century. Harvests from 1946-1965 exceeded 10,000 animals per year. International Whaling Commission quotas were lowered in the mid '70s and were reduced to zero by 1985, with the exception of a small (e.g., 10 in 1987) aboriginal catch and catches for "research" purposes. However, these restrictions may have come too late. Southern ocean populations are currently estimated to be no more than 5,000 individuals and probably only 2-3000. As with the blue whale, it is not certain that the fin whale has been saved from extinction by wanton overhunting.