commercial whaling 商業捕鯨
Commercial adj.貿易的；商業的 [kə'mɜrʃ(ə)l]
Whaling n.鯨魚；捕鯨 ['hweɪlɪŋ]
The Australian government has urged Japan to re-consider its plan to resume whaling for commercial purposes.
Reports emerged on Thursday that Japan was preparing to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) so as to restart whaling.
Addressing such reports, Australian Environment Minister Melissa Price said while the government would "strongly prefer" that Japan remains a party to the IWC, the decision was "a matter for Japan."
The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, but allows Japan a limited catch each year for scientific purposes.
The land was not zoned for commercial purposes