Icelandic fishing magnate Kristján Loftsson says in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald published yesterday that Australia should start whaling as there are too many whales in its waters and the country risks having to close the port of Brisbane, on the east coast.
“You have about 30,000 humpbacks in Australia going up the east coast. Thirty thousand animals travelling back and forth and they increase maybe 10 per cent a year,” he says. “In 10 years’ time it will be 60,000. You will have to close the port of Brisbane and make everybody bankrupt,” he adds. Kristján warns that there will also be more strandings of whales in Australia.
He argues that whaling in Iceland is a sustainable industry like fishing. “It’s the utilization of a resource in the ocean. We have the equipment so why not carry on?”
Kristján is the owner of whaling company Hvalur hf. and is chairman of the board of HB Grandi, one of Iceland’s largest seafood companies.