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In an agreement between the Bahamian, Japanese and Chinese Governments, a whaling operation is set to be headquartered at the Chinese-constructed North Abaco Port (NAP) north of Coopers Town. The Bahamas has opened its waters to a billionaire, foreign investor who will bring in Japanese scientists to train Abaconians how to hunt whales.
The investor, one Adam Finkle, sees a promising economic boom on the horizon for Abaco once his whaling operation begins. Initially starting with a fleet of one whaling ship, the ‘HMWS Yahoe’, Mr. Finkle has leased rights for the use of the NAP, which he added was cheap because none of the shipping companies were interested in it.
“Our whaling operation gives a purpose to the North Abaco Port. We will be expanding our fleet so we’ll need a safe harbour. The port also offers cranes for hauling the whales once we bring them to shore. It really is the perfect setup.”
Mr. Finkle, who attempted to help Abaconians in the past with a raccoon-eradication plan, says the new whaling operation will offer plenty of jobs.
“We have excellent fishermen in Abaco; so we’re be bringing in Japanese whalers to further their fishing education and prepare them for hunting the sea-beasts. We’ll also support local welders and fabricators since we are going to need a lot of harpoons. Soon whale meat will be available in restaurants all over The Bahamas with ‘Caught Fresh in Abaco’ branding on all of it.”
To prevent loss of property once the whales are caught, Mr. Finkle is lobbying the government to not only rescind the shark fishing ban but to offer bounties for each shark fin mailed in to the Department of Fisheries.
In a response to criticism of the plan, Mr. Finkle appealed to improving tourism, “There have been incidents of whales beaching themselves in The Bahamas – which is unsightly and a detriment to tourism. Less whales equals less beaching incidents.”
Mr. Finkle will register his business and whaling vessel in The Bahamas on April 1, 2016.