This whale is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species. Under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, this species is fully protected in UK waters. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) controls exports of whale meat and products (7). In 1996, six tonnes of Norwegian whale meat was confiscated by customs officials in Japan. The shipment was disguised as mackerel (2). The current population figures for northern hemisphere minke whales are unknown and highly disputed. The future status of this inquisitive whale is unclear.