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?
The largest whale museum in Europe will open it’s doors to visitors in mid August. The museum is located in Reykjavík, Iceland and will house 23 life-size models as part of its main exhibition, representing all the different types of whales found off the shores of Iceland. Iceland's whale watching tourism trade is growing and it is hoped that this museum will also help change perceptions and counter the country's cruel whale hunting industry.
Japanese whaling vessels have concluded a two and a half month whale hunt in the Pacific, killing 115.
The Norwegian Råfisklag (Fishermen’s Sales Association) reports that, as of Monday June 30th, 603 minke whales have been killed. Although the season is barely halfway through, the grim tally already exceeds last year’s total of 590 whales and once again, Norway has allocated itself a quota of 1,286 whales.
This blog was written by WDC's Social Media Coordinator, Anja Reckendorf, who is currently travelling in Iceland. Anja is a veterinarian as well as a conservationist and whale lover and below she gives her perspectives after witnessing the butchering of a fin whale.
Fin whaling vessels owned by Iceland’s biggest whaling company, Hvalur hf, left Reykjavik Harbour yesterday. After stopping at the whaling station at Hvalfjordur to pick up chains, harpoons and other gear, they headed out to the whaling grounds off Faxafloi. Last December, the Icelandic Fisheries Ministry self-allocated a quota of 154 fin whales to be killed during the 2014 season, despite the species being classified as endangered and the existence of a massive frozen stockpile of Icelandic fin whale meat in Japan. Almost no fin whale meat is consumed in Iceland itself.
A Japanese coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales between April and June according the country’s fisheries agency. The hunts, part of Japan's northwestern Pacific ‘research’ programme, are the first since an international court ordered a halt to its annual whaling expedition in the Antarctic, calling in to question the scientific value of such a slaughter.
US Foreign Policy and the Future of Japanese Whaling
Monday the 16th June marks the 20th anniversary of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS ). The Law of the Sea Convention opened for signature on 10 December 1982, only a few months after the International Whaling Commission (IWC