Subject: Case Study: Iceland and whaling

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 17 Feb 1995 13:43:07

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Subject: Case Study: Iceland and whaling
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Iceland seeks resumption of minke whaling
    REYKJAVIK, Feb 16 (Reuter) - The Icelandic government has
proposed that hunting for minke whales should resume next year
despite an international moratorium.
    It introduced a parliamentary resolution to this effect,
based on an all-party Icelandic study which suggested minke
whaling would not endanger the stock and should be carried out
for domestic consumption, ruling out exports.
    Fisheries Minister Thorsteinn Palsson said the government
would await a report from the Icelandic Marine Research
Institute in March 1996 before it could allow minke whaling,
which would be monitored by internationally-accepted observers.
    The report will discuss possible catch quotas and consider
how whaling would affect Icelandic political interests. Approval
of the resolution, introduced on Wednesday, would authorise the
government to take the formal decision.
    Iceland caught about 200 minke whales a year from 1977 to
1985, but drew protests from environmentalists for whom the
whale became a symbol of conservation in the 1980s.
    The International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned minke
whaling in 1985. Iceland, a North Atlantic island state with a
tradition of whaling, quit the commission in 1991 to form its
own body with Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Norway.
    Minke whales have survived in greater numbers than other
whales because, although they are larger than elephants, they
are smaller than the great whales and were consequently hunted
less in previous decades.
    Icelandic researchers estimate there are about 28,000 minke
whales in the mid-north Atlantic, half of them around Iceland.