Kristján Loftsson is not attending the meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Brazil.

125 whales hunted this season in Iceland

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A fin whale at the whaling station in Hvalfjörður.

Icelandic government receives thousands of emails to protest whale hunting

8 Sep The Icelandic government have received over ten thousand emails from individuals protesting the decision of Hvalur hf whaling company to recommence whaling on July 6th. This is still a much smaller number of emails then those received in 2006 when Icelanders began commercial whale hunting.

Kristján Loftsson says that pregnant female fin whales have been hunted since the 1940's.

Whale hunting company confirms that they have hunted 11 pregnant whales this summer

21 Aug Whale hunters working for Hvalur hf. have hunted eleven pregnant fin whales this summer. This was confirmed by director of the company, Kristján Loftsson. He says it's impossible to know whether a whale is pregnant or not and that there is nothing unusual about this.

A photo taken by Hard to Port yesterday.

Animal rights activists protest killing of pregnant fin whale

21 Aug Animal rights association Hard to Port have accused Icelandic whaling company of hunting a pregnant fin whale. Photos of the incident spread quickly on social media and a protest took place last night outside the premises of Hvalur hf in Hvalfjörður.

Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, minister for the environment and natural resources.

Environment minister doubts whaling is sustainable

16 Aug Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, minister for the environment and natural resources, is not convinced of the sustainability of whaling in Icelandic waters.

Kristján Loftsson, director of whaling company  Hvalur hf.

Icelandic whaling company sued by conservationists for killing hybrid whale

10 Aug Conservation organisation Jarðarvinir is suing Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf for hunting a fin whale/ blue whale hybrid last month.

The hunting of hybrids is legal, while the blue whale is a protected species.

Hybrid Whale Meat not for Export

20 Jul “There are no plans to export the meat,” stated Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur hf.

The controversial whale turned out to be a hybrid.

Controversial Whale is Hybrid

20 Jul The whale caught by the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf. on July 8th is a hybrid.

Adam A. Peck believes the whale is a blue whale and not a hybrid.  t

US professor of biology believes hunted whale to be a blue whale

12 Jul Speaking to CNN, professor of biology Adam A.Peck at the University of Hawaii says that the whale hunted by Hvalur hf on Saturday night is a blue whale and not a hybrid blue/ fin whale as believed by Icelandic experts.

A photo released by Hard to Port of the whale.

Rare blue whale hybrid possibly hunted by Icelandic whaling company

11 Jul Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf who recently began hunting fin whales again, may have killed a rare, protected blue whale or a blue whale/ fin whale hybrid. This was reported by animal rights campaigners Hard To Port who also published photos of the whale being landed in Hvalfjörður and cut up for meat.

Whale hunting boats at Reykjavik harbour.

Anti-whaling Icelanders protest on Sunday against recommencement of whaling

9 Jun A peaceful protest has been organised tomorrow at Reykjavik Harbour when whale hunting company Hvalur hf. begins hunting for fin whales.

Whaling: For or against?

Icelanders divided over their support of whaling

30 May A new survey conducted by MMR shows that approximately the same number of people are for and against whaling.

Whaling vessels Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9 docked at Reykjavik harbour.

Whaling in Iceland recommences and byproducts used for medical purposes

17 Apr Whaling has recommenced in Iceland and whaling company Hvalur hf has permission to hunt 161 fin whales this summer as well as using 20% of last year's quota. Hvalur hf. is working in cooperation with scientists at the Innovation Center in Iceland and the University of Iceland to use whale byproducts for medicinal use.

According to CEO of IP whaling company, minke whale meat is scarce in supermarkets.

Two minke whales the first catch of the season

13 Jun 2017 Two weekends ago whaling boat Rokkarinn KE caught two male minke whales, the first catch of the season. According to CEO of whaling company IP, whale meat in supermarket is getting scarce.

A minke whale being landed in Iceland.

Activists project dying whales on Icelandic restaurants in protest

27 Jun 2016 Animal rights activists from the NGO Hard To Port projected images of dying whales on the walls of Icelandic restaurant Fjalakötturinn in Reykjavík.

The boat Hrafnareyður bringing minke whale meat to Hafnarfjörður harbour.

Whale hunting season begins

3 Jun 2016 The hunting season has now begun this year and according to the whale hunters its going exceptionally well with eleven whales caught already.




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