Norwegian and Icelandic media have reported that Iceland is hoping to export whale meat to Japan in the 2008 whaling season.
We have also heard that the world famous whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, has also expressed hopes to export his Fin whales to Japan this year.
According to the Icelandic Minke Whalers Association, this 2007 season’s minke whales are for the domestic market. With between 10 to 15 minkes, out of 28, to be killed this summer before the hunting season closes September 1.
Icelandic and Norwegian whalers have always been looking for the opportunities to sell their whale meat to Japan, as a means of keeping the whaling industry alive. However, the Japanese whalers are not too keen on competition from foreign whalers .
The Icelanders had investigated the Japanese market and there was room to export between 300 and 400 whales per year to Japan. The Icelandic Government will make a decision on this already this year.
The whalers seem optimistic but the Minister of Fisheries stated:
“The government had not made a decision on continued commercial whaling, but added there had not been a change in whaling policy with the new administration.
Gudfinnsson said a decision would be made after news had been received on whether the whale meat caught last season could be sold. The minister told Channel 2 that if there was no market for the meat, whaling would automatically discontinue. “
On a more macabre note from Norway. The newspaper Fiskaren writes that the rock star, Iggy Pop, has posted an e-mail to the festival committee in Tromsö, that he “wants to experience whales dead or alive” !
The festival committe has promised to offer him and his gang whale burgers!
And I thought that all rock stars were anti -whaling to keep up their image.