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Whale-hunting and whale watching cannot coexist within Faxaflói bay, says local tour operator

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  • Whale-hunting and whale watching cannot coexist within the Faxaflói bay, Southwest Iceland, according to a local tour operator. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

According to Rannveig Grétarsdóttir, CEO of the whale watching company Elding in Reykjavík, whale-hunting and whale watching cannot coexist within the Faxaflói bay, Southwest Iceland.

Rannveig was among nine Icelandic eco-tourism operators and museum professionals travelled to the US in April on a State Department exchange exploring the policy, economics and science for the non-lethal economic use of whales.

“We have noticed a great change in the way the whales behave ever since minke whale hunting was allowed in Faxaflói in 2003 and this worries us,” Rannveig said in an interview with Fréttablaðið newspaper on Saturday. 

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