Norway: The End of Big Blubber

Day after day, Industrialist Anders Jahre, 77, padded about his red brick mansion on a hill above the Norwegian town of Sandefjord and brooded over a decision he had to make. As he gazed down at the harbor of Norway's biggest whaling port, Jahre knew that there was only one way his decision could go. Finally, and sadly, Norway's last active whaling-fleet owner passed the word.

After 40 years of expeditions to the Ant arctic, Jahre's Kosmos Co. was going out of the whaling business.

Since Norway's six other major whaling firms had previously made the same decision, the announcement put...