Brits Financially Supporting Icelandic Whalers - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Brits Financially Supporting Icelandic Whalers

Published August 26, 2013

British consumers are in for a terrible shock if they’re to find out that Icelandic whalers receive the profit of Icelandic fish sold in UK.

So says Clare Perry, senior campaigner at the Environmental Investigation Agency, in an Independent article about Brits’ national dish, fish and chips.

“British consumers care deeply about whales and dolphins and would be horrified to know that the fish and chips they are buying put more money into the pockets of the Icelandic whalers,” Perry told The Independent.

Perry urges those who import Icelandic sea food to Britain, e.g. Warners Fish Merchants, which provides nearly 10% of all fish and chips outlets with produce, to stop trading with fishing company HB Grandi, because of its connection to whaling operator Hvalur hf. Currently, the managing director of Hvalur hf. Kristján Loftsson is also chairman of HB Grandi.

Warners Fish Merchants’ manager, Gary Warner, told the Independent that the company’s liaison with HB Grandi was on good terms, that HB Grandi does not run whaling and therefore there’s no connection between the fishing company and Icelandic whalers.

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