Iceland’s rogue whaling kingpin Kristján Loftsson has announced the cancellation of yet another season hunting endangered fin whales this summer. The second season he has scrapped, citing ongoing difficulties with Japanese customs on imports of his whale products and also the strong krona.
Thirty years after the International Whaling Commission (IWC) implemented the moratorium on commercial whaling – an agreement that ultimately saved many great whale populations from certain extinction – cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) worldwide are facing grave and growing threats from a range of human activities
Japanese whaling ships have this morning departed for the Antarctic hunt, the first in the Antarctic since the 2014 ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found that Japan’s previous whaling programme was not for “purposes of scientific research”
A new shipment of 1,700 tonnes of whale meat has been dispatched from Kristján Loftsson’s company Hvalur, in Iceland, to Japan where he has used his own funds to set up a company to import and market fin whale meat as a delicacy. This shipment adds to over 5,500 tonnes of whale products exported to Japan recent years
The fin whaling season has once again come to an end in Iceland, this year with 137 endangered fin whales slaughtered for profit. A joint report, Slayed in Iceland, and film was released ahead of a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), exposing the scale of the hunt and overseas trade
In May, EIA and fellow NGO The Black Fish presented a paper to the Scientific Committee meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) highlighting the threat of illegal drift netting to populations of whales, dolphins and porpoises whereupon this information will be relayed to European ministers