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Whale Sanctuary Enlarged

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir has signed a regulation enlarging the whale sanctuary in Faxaflói bay.

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Whaling Season Concludes in Iceland

The 2015 commercial whaling season, which began last spring, has come to an end with the catch totaling 184 whales. Quotas were issued for two species of whale: fin whales, the meat of which is intended for export, and minke whales, which are consumed domestically.

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Icelandic Whaling Magnate Urges Australia to Start Whaling

Icelandic fishing magnate Kristján Loftsson says in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald published yesterday that there are too many whales in Australia and that whaling should commence there to avoid having to close the port of the East Australian city of Brisbane.

Icelandic minke whale meat.

Icelandic Whale Watchers Protest Hunt

IceWhale, the whale watchers’ association of Iceland, strongly criticizes the fact that minke whale hunting has now begun again in Faxaflói bay, one of the most important whale watching areas in the country.

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Sea Shepherd Turns Sights on Iceland

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.

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Activists Call for Icelandic Seafood Boycott

A coalition of animal welfare and conservation groups has launched a new online ad campaign to coincide with the 2015 Seafood Exposition Global and Seafood Processing Global convention in Brussels, which begins today, advising consumers and major seafood buyers to be aware of fish “tainted by...

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Fin Whaling Season Concludes

The board of the fin whaling company Hvalur hf. has decided to conclude its fin whale hunting season earlier than usual due to bad weather and shorter days. The ships Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9 came returned to harbor on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning respectively.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Foreign Minister Defends Iceland’s Right to Whaling

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson stated yesterday in response to a formal diplomatic protest against commercial whaling in Iceland that the nations involved in the protest should take a critical look at their own issues, such as pollution and human rights.