Marine conservation group Sea Shepherd has just established an Icelandic chapter, RÚV reports. The group held a launch meeting in Reykjavík on Tuesday night. The group was featured on ABC News yesterday for their activism against whaling in Iceland.
“The Icelandic Chapter of Sea Shepherd has just been created by a group of Icelanders and non-natives working together to ensure the survival of our marine ecosystems for future generations,” the organisation’s Facebook page reads. “The organization will be soon registered as a marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the Icelandic coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.”
Sea Shepherd aims to shut down the operations of Iceland’s last remaining whaling company, Hvalur hf., for good. The organisation has live streamed the company’s whaling station when a whale is being brought on deck in an effort to raise awareness of the practice around the world.
Sea Shepherd has a history of activism in Iceland. In 1986, they sank two whaling ships anchored in Reykjavík harbour, making international news.