The minister for fisheries stated there may be little or no justification for continued whale searching past 2024
Iceland plans to finish all whaling from 2024, Minister of Meals, Agriculture and Fisheries Svandis Svavarsdottir stated in a column within the Morgunbladid newspaper on Friday.
“There are few justifications to authorize the whale hunt past 2024,” the minister stated, including that, as issues stand, it’s extremely seemingly that the observe will probably be banned when the present quotas finish.
Whaling, which was re-authorized for industrial functions in 2006, is turning into much less economically justifiable, with just one whale killed previously three years.
“There might be a number of causes for this, however maybe the straightforward clarification is that there have been sustained losses from this kind of fishing,” she stated.
Demand for whale meat from Iceland has dropped massively since Japan re-authorized whaling in 2019 after it withdrew from the Worldwide Whaling Fee (IWC).
Whalers in Iceland have additionally been required to go additional afield to hunt the creatures after a no-fishing coastal zone was prolonged.
Social distancing as a result of coronavirus has additionally rendered Iceland’s whale meat processing vegetation inoperable.
Amid widespread condemnation of the business, Iceland is likely one of the few nations, together with Norway and Japan, that also permits industrial whale hunts.
2018 was the final full whaling season, with 146 fin whales and 6 minke whales killed.
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