Peace to Marine living beings: Iceland decided to stop whale hunting from 2024
Recently, the fisheries minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson said that Iceland will stop whale hunting in 2024 because the demand has diminished. Iceland is one of the only countries that continue whaling together with other two countries, Norway and Japan. In 2018, 146 endangered Fin whales and six Minke whales were killed.
“There are few justifications to authorize the whale hunt beyond 2024 when current quotas expire,” Svandis Svavarsdottir, a member of the Left-Green party, wrote in the Morgunbladid newspaper. “There is little proof that there is any economic advantage to this activity.”
Now, Iceland has annual quotas for 2019-2023 which will allow the hunting of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales. Fin whales are endangered species which is considered the second-largest species on the planet after the blue whale and minke whales are one of the smallest species. There was a significant reduction in Icelandic whalers activity in the past three years, with only one whale being killed during that time frame.
We all know that Iceland is one of the only countries that still hunt whales commercially together with Norway and Japan. This practice frequently gained the attention and anger of environmentalists and animal rights activists. Two license holders in Iceland have suspended their whale hunts in the past three years, and one of them hung up its harpoons(an instrument used for fishing, whaling, and sealing) for good in 2020.
Now, whale hunting became too expensive after a no-fishing coastal zone was expanded. This expansion of the no-fishing coastal zone forced the requiring whalers to go even further offshore. That’s how whaling became expensive. Plus, safety measures and requirements for imported meat became more stringent than for local products, This caused Icelandic exports more difficult.
Several rules and regulations after the emergence of Coronavirus and the social distancing restrictions to combat the pandemic also caused difficulty in Icelandic whale meat processing. Before the pandemic, tourist industries in Iceland performed very well. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people were coming there to witness the creatures(especially whales) swim in the waters of the Atlantic island.
All these situations were very hostile for whaling. That’s why Iceland decided to quit whaling in 2024. This decision will bring peace to whales and marine living beings. Soon several activities that protect endangered marine living beings can be expected
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