Outgoing Fisheries and
Agriculture Minister, Einar K Gudfinnsson, recently granted commercial whaling
quotas of up to 150 endangered fin whales and 100 minke whales a year for the
next five years. Iceland’s new
Fisheries Minister, Steingrimur J Sigfusson, today announced these catch
allowances would remain for one year instead of five, and despite only a limited
domestic market for minke whales and no domestic market for fin whales.
IFAW opposes whaling because it
is cruel, unnecessary and unsustainable.