No fin whaling to take place in Iceland in 2017

9th Mar 2017

Iceland will be hunting no fin whales in 2017, the CEO of a major whaling company has announced today.

Kristjan Loftsson, CEO of Havlur hf, has made it public that their company will not be hunting any fin whales during 2017. Havlur hf are Iceland's only fin whaling company.

Loftsson has blamed obstacles in importing products to Japan, which has long been the main market for this product. The strength of the Icelandic krona has also created uncertainty around exports in the country.

Sally Hamilton, ORCA Director, commented "This is a step in the right direction for an endangered species that is in urgent need of protection. Fin whale populations have been decimated by whaling over decades and the fact that regulations are making it difficult to trade in whale products shows that legislation protecting these creatures is starting to have an effect."

Fin whales are the second largest species of whale, and can reach 26 metres in length. Fin whales are regularly seen in the Bay of Biscay, and were the fourth most frequently sighted cetacean by ORCA volunteers between 2006-2015.