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Chances of Whaling Reconciliation Slim

It appears that internal disputes at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Committee between those who oppose whaling will prevent a compromise proposal regarding limited whaling, visir.is reports. However, the atmosphere within the Committee has somewhat improved.


Whaling in Iceland. Photo: IPA.

“I am not convinced that an agreement will be reached,” said Tómas H. Heidar, Iceland’s chief representative at the IWC. He is now at the annual meeting in Agadir, Morocco.

At the meeting, which began Monday and will end on Friday, a proposal intended to reconcile the member states opposed to whaling and the whaling countries was carried.

The proposal entails the abolishment of a 25-year ban on whaling, instead giving the three states which still hunt in spite of the ban (Iceland, Norway and Japan) permission to hunt according to an annual quota set by the IWC.

The meeting has however turned into a dispute between the nations opposing whaling, explains Heidar. “Some of the states will not agree to any compromise, not allowing anything else than native hunting.” Among them are Australia, Brazil and other Latin-American states, the UK and a number of EU states.

“We were rather expecting the meeting to focus on the three whaling states and their opposition to a potential trade ban,” Heidar also said, referring to a proposal suggesting that limited whaling should be accompanied by a whale meat trading ban. The three whaling states are opposed to this suggestion.

“For an export country such as Iceland, it would not be possible to accept trade limitations on seafood gathered in a sustainable way,” Heidar explained.

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