Iceland confirms it will resume whaling


Iceland announced last night it is to resume limited hunting of whales.

Officials had said then that Iceland wanted to kill 100 minkes, 100 fin whales and 50 sei whales for each of the next two years.

The ministry said its quota of 38 minkes was "clearly a minimalist approach" that "shows Iceland's willingness to be constructive and compromise when it comes to whaling issues".

But the announcement has angered environmental groups who questioned its assertion that the kills were for scientific research.

Mr Rolland Schmitten, the American delegate to the whaling commission, said the Icelandic government had informed US and other ambassadors of its plans. "We oppose it. We're disappointed," Mr Schmitten said in a telephone interview. "It's not relevant science, it's not necessary".