Tuesday, May 20. 2008
Here we go again. Scared that they may get excluded from any future 'deal' on coastal whaling Iceland's Fisheries Ministry is off allocating a quotas for 40 minke whales.
But it seems there is discord in the ranks, with Össur Skarphéðinsson, the Minsiter for Industry, stating that he is displeased with the Fisheries Minster’s decision to issue a quota for 40 minke whales..Einar K. Guðfinnsson, the Fisheries Minister said that in his view there was no difference/discord among the government parties on the issue.
Bloomberg reports that commercial whaling isn't endorsed by the Social Democratic Alliance, the junior partner in the ruling coalition together with the Independence Party. Foreign Minister Ingibjorerg Solrun Gisladottir said in a statement that the hunt 'is sacrificing long-term interests for short-term gains.''
We have never seen such differences so publicly aired. Maybe this is the last ditched attempts of a failing industry - lets hope so.
The UK's ambassador has already condemned the resumption of whaling.
Lets see what we can do in adding to the pressure in the coming days.