Whale watching soared to record heights in Iceland this summer! The total number of paying passengers going out to see whales from Icelandic ports more than doubled in 1997, from 10,000 in 1996 to over 20,000 in the 1997 season.
Cetacean Society International has been among the many groups publicizing the unique opportunities currently available for whale watching in Iceland, and we are delighted to see the international surge in interest in this non-consumptive utilization of whale resources in Icelandic waters.
The most popular location appears to be the northeastern coast town of Husavik. Last year, the two operators at Husavik took 7,500 people out whale watching. They expected the number to increase to about 10,000 this year, but it jumped to an amazing total of more than 14,000.
On September 21 the CNN Television Network broadcast a feature story on the growing whale watching industry in Iceland, underscoring its great economic potential as an alternative to the resumption of commercial whale killing. May both whales and Icelanders prosper!
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