to Greenpeace the 68 foot long male was caught by the whaler Hvalur 8, and was slaughtered at the
port of Hvalfjörður, outside Reykjavik on Tuesday night.
the operation being backed by the Icelandic government, Greenpeace is opposed
to the commercial hunt, stressing that the operation is being carried out
despite a ban on commercial whaling introduced by the International Whaling
Commission (IWC). The fin whale is also a threatened species.
is deeply regrettable that a single Icelandic whaler backed by the government
undermines the global ban on commercial whaling, which is needed to secure the
future of the world's whales," said Martin Norman, campaigner at
The Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF) is also opposed to whaling, and
has said that "it is clear that whale watching delivers more to the
economy than commercial whaling will ever do".
Netherlands, environmental group Avaaz recently delivered a petition with 1.1
million signatures to the Dutch government calling for a ban on the transfer of
Icelandic whale meat in Dutch ports.
claims that there is no market for whale meat in Japan anymore, where the Icelandic
whale hunt is entirely exported to. The whale meat from the Icelandic hunt in
2010 has recently been used for luxury dog food in Japan and there is also no
market for fin whale meat in Iceland.