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Discussions over the 25-year ban on commercial whaling hit a roadblock on Tuesday, as delegates at the International Whaling Commission's conference in Morocco said they were struggling to reach a compromise.
The IWC delegates were discussing whether to suspend the whaling ban and allow legitimate commercial hunting, in order to reduce the number of whales killed by the countries like Japan, Norway and Iceland, which claim exemptions from the ban.
The deal would bring the 3 whaling nations back under the agency's control by allowing them to hunt commercially under closely monitored quotas.
Advocates say 5 thousand whales would be saved over the 10-year life of the deal.