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US claims whaling will cause disputes within IWC

United States authorities have expressed their disappointment in Iceland’s decision to resume commercial whaling, citing that it will increase division and disputes within the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

The statement is part of the formal declaration of protest that the US Ambassador to Iceland has presented to Minister of Fisheries Einar K. Gudfinnsson.

US authorities pointed out that when Iceland rejoined the IWC it announced that it would under no circumstances resume commercial whaling without strong scientific criteria, and unless management and surveillance systems were in place.

The US says it has pointed out that the IWC’s scientific committee has not yet made recommendations on how to determine a hunting quote for fin whales in the North Atlantic and that the position of fin whales in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has not yet been reviewed.

The US also says Iceland’s decision to resume commercial whaling did not contain any scientific arguments or outcomes of calculations of the quota that Iceland set unilaterally.

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