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Sea Shepherd Turns Sights on Iceland

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Sea Shepherd Turns Sights on Iceland

Whaling boats Reykjavík

Photo: Páll Stefánsson

Sea Shepherd, the organization which uses direct action techniques to fight against whaling, has said it plans to send its boats to the North Atlantic this summer with the goal of protecting the whales which Iceland and Norway plan to catch.

Sea Shepherd is known for its harsh tactics and made itself known especially well 30 years ago when activists sank whaling ships in Reykjavík Harbor.

The organization has in recent years concentrated on Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean—a battle it feels it has won for now, as both the UN court and the IWF have rejected Japanese plans for whaling and it now looks unlikely they will return to the Southern Ocean, at least for now.

The battle is not over, however, as Sea Shepherd says the Norwegians and Icelanders kill over 1,500 whales a year, including 154 endangered fin whales. The organization therefore plans to enjoy its success in the southern hemisphere to increase its operations in the north where they will have the biggest effect and be able to save the most lives.

Details of their planned North Atlantic actions will be publicized in the coming months, according to RÚV, and will be based on direct action, as always, to stop the “unnecessary and illegal” killing of whales and other marine mammals.

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