20 Mar '17, 7pm

Fin Whales Safe from Iceland Hunt, Minke Whales Not So Lucky

Fin Whales Safe from Iceland Hunt, Minke Whales Not So Lucky

Endangered fin whales can breathe a huge sigh of relief: the director of Iceland's only fin whaling company said that his fleet would not hunt fin whales again this year because of difficulties exporting the whale meat to Japan. This is the second year in a row that fin whaling has been suspended in Iceland. A fin whale exhaling, off Greenland. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons In an interview with Icelandic media , Kristján Loftsson (head of Hvalur hf, Iceland's fin whaling company) announced there would be no hunting of endangered fin whales this summer due to the “red tape” he must endure when trying to sell Icelandic whale meat in Japan. Notably, Loftsson has suspended fin whaling in the past (after the 2011 tsunami in Japan) only to resume two years later. Since 2006, Icelandic whalers have killed over 700 endangered fin whales and shipped over 7,200 metric tons of fin ...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/taryn-kiekow-heimer/fin-whal...

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