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Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd intends to focus on Icelandic whalers this summer

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  • Hvalur whaling vessel The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd intends to increase focus on whaling being conducted in the North Atlantic this summer. Photo/Pjetur

This summer, the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd intends to increase focus on whaling being conducted in the North Atlantic, reports RÚV.  

Lately the group has mainly campaigned against whalers in Japan, but after a ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague halts a Japanese programme that has captured more than 10,000 minke whales in the Southern Ocean since 1988 in the name of biological research, Sea Shepard intends to shift its focus to Norway and Iceland.

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The group campaigns against whalers in Japan, Norway, Iceland, Spain, Australia, Denmark, Canada, South Africa, Russia and the USA, and has a longstanding feud with Icelandic whalers.

In 1986, Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew sank Icelandic whaling ships in the Reykjavík harbour in response to Iceland violating the global moratorium on whaling introduced by the International Whaling Commission that same year.

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Iceland resumed commercial whaling in 2006, after nearly a two-decade hiatus, when Icelandic whalers were authorized by the Icelandic government to hunt and sell 30 minke whales and 9 fin whales.

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