Iceland Environment Association want controversial whaling report to be withdrawn
The board of the Iceland Environmental Agency has called for the University of Iceland’s Institute of Economic Studies to withdraw the report and redo it in cooperation with ecologists.
The new report from the Institute of Economic Studies was published last week and states that the Iceland’s whaling operations have absolutely no effects on the tourist industry in Iceland. The report was commissioned by the Ministry of Industries and Innovation to determine the economic impact of whaling as the Minister is currently reviewing the effect of hunting whales as the five year agreement is up for review.
The environment association says that the author of report makes ecological calculations that are far from his field of expertise. Furthermore the report implied that anti-whaling groups were terrorists, an implication also strongly criticised by the Environmental Agency.