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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

Whalers in Iceland kill first minke whale of season

Reports from Iceland suggest that whalers have started this year’s hunt after nearly 2 tonnes of minke whale meat were offloaded by the Hrafnreydur whaling vessel on Monday.

Iceland’s whaling season opened once again against a backdrop of opposition from within the country. IceWhale, the whale watchers’ association of Iceland, has strongly criticized the hunt which is taking place in Faxaflói Bay, one of the main whale-watching destinations for tourists from around the world.

Following a question on the economic value of a dead whale in the Icelandic Parliament by the Green Party, the Fisheries minister revealed the figure to be just 6700 euros ($7550 / £4900). IceWhale noted that it takes only one whale watching trip with 125 passengers to generate the same amount of income. Ticket sales in Reykjavik alone generated over $7 million in 2014.

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