Hamfarirnar ķ Japan hafa įhrif į stórhvalaveišarnar

Lķklega mun įstandiš ķ Japan bitna harkalega į hvalveišum hér į landi samkvęmt fréttaveitunni AFP. Žar er rętt viš Kristjįn Loftsson eiganda Hvals hf., og hann spuršur hvaša įhrif hamfarirnar ķ Japan munu hafa į hvalveišarnar.

Kristjįn segir aš skipin veiši vanalega hvali frį jśnķ til september en ķ ljósi žess aš markašurinn ķ Japan fyrir hrefnukjöti hefur snarminnkaš eftir jaršskjįlftann, žį verša veišarnar hugsanlega endurskošašar ķ jśnķ. Hann įréttar žó ķ vištalinu viš AFP fréttastofunnaaš śtgeršin sé alls ekki hętt hvalveišum. Hśn taki einfaldlega miš af žeim mörkušum sem selja mį hvalkjöt į, og Japan sé ekki žar į mešal ķ
augnablikinu.
REYKJAVIK — Iceland's fin whaling season may be delayed by the giant
earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, the main export market for
Icelandic fin whale meat, the country's only fin whaler told AFP
Tuesday.

"We may be delaying the time at which our whaling boats
go out to sea. We usually go at the end of June and we whale until the
end of September. This year, that may change because of the situation in
Japan," Kristjan Loftsson of Hvalur Hf told AFP.

"This doesn't
mean we are not going to whale, we are just going to have to evaluate
the situation come end of June. With commercial whaling you need
customers and currently, Japan is not one," he said.

He said that
purchasing of fin whale meat, which is also eaten in Iceland to a lesser
extent, had stalled in Japan since the earthquake and tsunami and the
ensuing nuclear disaster.

"The whole nation is grieving... nobody wants to do anything because of what happened," he said.

Iceland, along with Norway and Japan, uses legal loopholes to flout a 1986 ban on commercial whaling.

In a letter sent last November to Icelandic Fishing Minister Jón
Bjarnason, US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke warned Iceland the United
States was "deeply concerned by and strongly opposed to Iceland's
increasing commercial harvest of whales, in particular endangered fin
whales."

The letter said 148 fin whales were caught in 2010, up
from 125 in 2009 and that prior to increasing its quotas in 2008,
Iceland caught less than 10 each year.

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