The Icelandic administration has overtly given a sign to end Icelandic whaling with the declaration that no fresh allotments will be granted for industries as it gives no monetary advantage to the country. Iceland, one of the only countries that yet hound whales for commercial purposes, declared that it intends to stop whaling in 2024 as the need for whale meat drops sharply. When Japan began again commercial whaling in 2019, after a three-decade suspension, it resulted in a substantial plunge in need for Iceland's whale exports, bringing hunting less beneficial.
Svandis Svavarsdottir, Icelandic Minister for Fisheries emphasized that the lack of economic advantages would be the main aspect in the conclusion of not granting government authorize permissions for whaling when prevailing quota authorizations terminate next year. Iceland, Norway, and Japan are the countries that approve the marketable whale hunt, despite objections from animal rights champions and environmentalists, suspicions about poisons in the meat, and a dwindling market.
Social-distancing constraints in the coronavirus pandemic led to the sudden plunge in the Icelandic whale meat fining plants which were incompetent to carry out their assignments is the second most important reason for the dip in the demand for whale hunting.
IFAW has acted closely with Icelandic proponents, experimenters, and ecotourism operators since the country started again whaling in 2003. In confederation with local whale watch dealers, IFAW drove its highly thriving 'Meet Us Don't Eat Us' movement on the avenues of Reykjavik, which informed tourists about the sensibility of whaling and whale meat ingestion. This operation significantly thwarted whale meat-eating by tourists to Iceland.
Whaling as a matter has faded away from the political plan within Iceland. The issue was a popular topic in Icelandic election movements for decades, but since 2016, it has reduced significantly. Naive voters are more worried about climate reversal, the constructive function living whales exercise in developing robust ecosystems in the ocean, and their assistance towards carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption from the environment.
IFAW has functioned with Icelanders since this time to facilitate accountable whale watching as an alternative to the barbarity of whaling.