Iceland to finish whaling from 2024 amid controversy and falling demand
“There are few justifications to authorize whale looking past 2024,” when present quotas expire, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Svandís Svavarsdóttir mentioned in an op-ed in Friday’s Morgunblaðið newspaper.
The minister wrote it was “undisputed” that whale looking had not had a lot financial significance to Iceland in recent times, with no massive whale caught within the final three years, apart from one minke whale in 2021.
“Japan has been the biggest purchaser of [Icelandic] whale meat, however its consumption is declining 12 months by 12 months. Why ought to Iceland take the danger of continuous fishing that has not yielded financial advantages, as a way to promote a product that’s in low demand?” she requested.
In accordance with the IWC, whose objective is “to supply for the right conservation of whale shares and thus make attainable the orderly improvement of the whaling trade,” Iceland continued a small “scientific whaling program” after the 1986 embargo.
Iceland resumed business whaling in October 2006 in a transfer “furiously disputed by many international locations offended at what they considered Iceland’s try and bypass worldwide laws,” in response to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), a non-profit group.