Around 65 percent of Iceland’s minke whaling catch is sold to local restaurants.
Frozen whale meat products of Hvalur hf were estimated at ISK 3.6 billion (USD 31 million, EUR 27.8 million) in the last financial year.
Cyber attacks on the websites of Icelandic companies and organizations are becoming ever more dangerous and cunning.
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.
Tourists on a whale watching trip in Iceland got more than they bargained for and were reportedly horrified when they witnessed whaling vessel Hvalur 8 pull dead fin whales to shore instead of the living whales they had paid to see.
The cargo ship Winter Bay this weekend left the Norwegian city of Tromsø, loaded with 1,700 tons of frozen fin whale meat from Iceland.
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.
In a recent interview with Skessuhorn, West Iceland’s weekly, Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson suggested that perhaps Iceland should consider reduced whaling—not necessarily on principle, but for practical reasons.
Canadian-American actress Pamela Anderson, of Baywatch fame, has sent Russian President Vladimir Putin a personal request, asking for his assistance in halting Icelandic whaling.
Whaling ships Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9 each brought a fin whale to harbor Monday evening, the first of the season
A petition on avaaz.org against the commercial hunting of fin whales in Iceland and the transport of whale meat from Iceland to Japan has received almost 750,000 signatures and is rapidly approaching the one million goal.
A coalition of international animal protection and conservation organizations has asked the Obama administration to impose economic sanctions against Icelandic companies with corporate ties to the commercial whaling industry.
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.
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.
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...
Vanessa Williams-Grey, anti-whaling campaigner at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, has criticized Icelandic brewery Steðji for producing a beer made with fin whale testicles smoked with dried sheep dung.
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.
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.