Greenpeace response to Iceland Announcement of the Resumption of Commercial Whaling

Press release - 17 October, 2006
The decision by Iceland to grant a commercial license to hunt whales makes no economic sense and should be retracted immediately.

An endangered fin whale is brought to the harbor of Hvalfjörour, Iceland. The fin whale is the first kill by Iceland and marks the resumption to commercial whaling for the country.

“Iceland has no market for whale meat, but they do have a huge and far more valuable market for whale watching, ” said Greenpeace campaigner Frode Pleym.

“Instead of investing in a one-man campaign to rejuvenate an outdated, unnecessary industry, that can only damage the reputation of the country internationally, Iceland should be capitalising on the value of a growing industry of watching and studying whales.”

Claims that the hunt is sustainable cannot not be credible, since nine of the 39 whales that are to be targeted are endangered Fin whales.

Other contacts: Contact: Frode Pleym: Greenpeace Nordic Oceans Campaigner: +46 703 535766Martin Norman: Greenpeace Nordic Communications: + 47 958 049 50 John Frizell: Greenpeace International Oceans campaigner: + 44 7801 212 999Sara Holden: Greenpeace International Communications: + 31 615 007 406