Whaling

(April) Fool’s errand?

Ever the cynic, I say that it’s no coincidence that lone Icelandic fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, has thrown his stash out the window seconds before the US knocks at Iceland’s door. How else to explain this latest – and possibly most audacious - move from a man who specialises in dishing out audacious moves like Smarties at a childrens’ party?

Iceland could kill even more whales in 2014

In a provocative move, Iceland is to increase its whaling quota (numbers of whales it can kill) for 2014 according to reports from the capital Reykjavik.

Despite an international ban on commercial whaling, the country's fishing ministry said the hunting and killing of minke whales would be increased by six percent, from 216 in 2013 to 229 in 2014. The hunting quota for rorqual whales (including blue whales, humpback whales and fin whales) remains unchanged at 154.

Japan should think carefully over its whaling in the North Pacific

Japan is still reeling from the ICJ

decision that effectively ended its whaling this year in Antarctica. However, Japan's whalers are awaiting guidance from the Japanese Government as to whether they can carry out their whaling in the North Pacific.

Japan has an established Article VIII whaling programme in the North Pacific (JARPN

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