It’s been confirmed that there will be no Fin whaling in Iceland this summer.
Kristján Loftsson’s reasons for not going ahead, he says, include the difficulty of competing in the Japanese market now that the Japanese government supports its own whaling industry. According to Kristján, prices are low and costly testing for chemical analysis doesn’t apply to Japan’s own products.
Coronavirus work restrictions may also be a factor – flensing necessitates people working closely together. Rumour has it that Mr Loftsson had, and recovered from, Covid-19 in March.
Kristján also says that research is underway to develop dietary supplements using whale meat for anaemia, bone and blubber for other medical purposes and producing gelatin for food processing.
His current whaling licence lasts another three years so he could well resume next year, but this will be two years in a row that Fin Whales have been spared by Icelandic whalers.
No news yet on whether there will be any Minke whaling this year.