“This is both an animal welfare project and a tourism project.”
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir has signed a regulation enlarging the whale sanctuary in Faxaflói bay.
Visitors to Eyjafjörður fjord in North Iceland could be lucky enough to meet with the spectacle of up to 20 humpback whales currently sojourning there.
The importance of whales to ecosystems at sea and on land is a growing area of research. There is an expanding body of evidence to suggest that high numbers of whales support other lifeforms throughout the ecosystem—including those the whales prey upon—and commercial fish stocks.
The skeleton of a blue whale, which was found beached at Skagi in Northwest Iceland in 2010, will be put on display at the Húsavík Whale Museum. Representatives of the Icelandic Museum of Natural History (NMSÍ) have expressed their disapproval with the decision.
The number of fin whales and humpback whales in the North Atlantic has increased, while the number of minke whales in inshore areas has gone down.
A group of international whale experts has succeeded in removing fishing nets from an injured whale near Reykjavík.