If anyone ever tries to persuade you that Icelandic Fin whaling is 'central to their culture' just ask why is there no Fin whaling this year. According to the whalers its because
the Japanese market is not able to absorb their commercial whale meat products.
According to Iceland Review, Gunnlaugur Fjólar Gunnlaugsson, director of Hvalur’s fin whale processing plant in west Iceland, stated that "the reconstruction after the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan is slow - whale product companies were damaged—but they are hoping that the
situation will have improved next spring."
So its market conditions that dictate Iceland's Fin whaling, not culture nor domestic demand. So don't get me wrong, I am pleased that none of these gentle giants are going to be savagely butchered this summer, but remember that when Iceland's pro-whaling interests next start their blubbering about culture and national identity its money that talks, - that's what underlies their rhetoric.