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Whale Watching Boom in Iceland

As part of its anti- whaling campaigning, WDC has long been promoting responsible whale watching as a viable economic alternative to killing these amazing creatures. So we were delighted by recent reports from the Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF) that the number of people going whale watching in Iceland in 2012 was up 45,000 on 2011, to 175,000. 

WDC has actively been targeting those visiting Iceland with messages about the whaling industry, the need for tourists not to eat whale meat in local restaurants and to support the growing whale watching industry in the country to encourage the end of whaling altogether in Iceland. We are heartened by these new figures which indicate that 35 per cent of all tourists in Iceland choose to go whale watching.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.