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Page - December 20, 2006
Iceland announced plans to resume “scientific” whaling in 2003. During August and September of 2003, 36 minke whales were killed and the meat from those whales was sold on the commercial market.

An endangered fin whale, is brought to the harbour of Hvalfjörður, Iceland. The fin whale is the first kill by Iceland and marks the resumption to commercial whaling for the country in 2006.

Scientific whaling

There is no scientific justification for this whaling. The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has reviewed Iceland's scientific programme - but does not support it.

There are many ways to carry out scientific research without killing whales.

Commercial whaling

In October 2006 the Icelandic government announced that they had issued a licence to commercially hunt 30 minke and 9 endangered fin whales.

This decision is controversial both globally, and in Iceland, where it is met with resistance from local environmental groups, the tourism industry, and some politicians.

Tourism is the second biggest industry in Iceland, and whale watching is worth US $10 million to the Icelandic tourist industry - much more than whaling is likely ever to be - and is one of the fastest growing parts of the national economy.

The Icelandic tourist industry is opposed to the move to restart whaling.

Tens of thousands of Greenpeace members worldwide have pledged to go whale watching in Iceland if the Icelandic government agrees to end whaling. To add your support take the pledge yourself, right now. Help Iceland to do the right thing!

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