The UK's Whale and Dolphin Conservation Group is urging Brits buying seafood to question its source, claiming a lot of Icelandic fish comes from companies linked to the whaling industry: “The UK wholesalers buying Icelandic fish from whalers should be encouraged by the public to look elsewhere."
Iceland's about to be hit by EU sanctions after refusing to halt its self-declared 146,000 ton mackerel quota. The Faroe Islands (FI), which last month gave itself an even larger quota (75% larger than 2010!), faces the same.
|smaller-scale than Japan, |
but just as deadly...
Iceland catches minke and endangered fin commercially. FI conducts numerous pilot whale kills annually.
Elin Brimheim Heinesen (a FI reader of this blog) made the point that "the more people outside the Faroes condemn them and punish them by not buying their export goods or by not travelling to the islands, the more isolated will the Faroese be from the rest of the world, and the more they will stick to their old traditions - which in the end means more pilot whales will be killed." And while that viewpoint has some validity, it avoids the positive outcome of ceasing whaling, and gaining more income from fishing and increased tourism.
Last year I received a comment from a Faroe Islander, bragging that because they'd killed a record number of pilot whales in 2010, the freezers were full. So let Sea Shepherd "bring it on", because they wouldn't NEED to kill ANY pilot whales in 2011. Riiiiiight! If that's the case, then why has the "grindadráp" (the annual FI massacring of pilot whales) recommenced this year? Yes, an early start with the slaughter of 60 pilot whales in the last few weeks.
...in the meantime, Sea Shepherd is returning to FI this northern summer with Steve Irwin and Gojira, fresh from trumping the Japanese in Antarctica.
PS: 11 April 2011 - As if it doesn't have enough problems, Iceland has just voted NOT to repay UK and the Netherlands for £3-billion of deposits lost in a failed online bank! Does Iceland have a death wish, or what??!!
PS: 02 August 2011 - Norway has formally banned all mackerel and mackerel products from Iceland and the Faroe Islands in protest at the two countries' self-declared fishing quotas.