Icelandic whale in storage, landfill


Greenpeace has discovered that an unprecedented amount of the whale meat from the recent hunt has not been used.  Even whaling captain Sigurður Njálsson has said the meat is unfit for domestic consumption.

200 tonnes of the meat is in storage with a further 179 tonnes of entrails buried at a landfill site. But despite demand for whale meat plummeting, Japan and Iceland continue to hunt whales.

An icy landfill site has been used to dump a vast proportion of the fin whale remains.

Underneath the snowy floor around 179 tonnes of bones and entrails have been left to rot. Around 200 tonnes of meat and blubber — a vast proportion of the total yield — are sitting elsewhere in storage waiting to be tested for chemical contamination.

“Iceland claims their commercial whaling is sustainable — but how can they justify it when they are hunting endangered species, without domestic demand, and an over-supply of whale products in Japan?” said Greenpeace Nordic Oceans campaigner, Frode Pleym.

“Both Iceland and Japan continue to whale in the face of domestic and international opposition, even though there is no scientific, economic or environmental justification for it,” added Pleym.

The Icelandic meat and blubber in storage is intended for export to Japan, despite the fact that Japan already has 4962 tonnes of whale meat stockpiled (as of October 2006) according to the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Foresty and Fisheries.