Yesterday, 6th of May 2014, nine representatives of Icelandic museum and eco – tourism workers have travelled to the United States to look at the economics, science and policy of the non – lethal uses of whales.
Earlier this month President Barack Obama's government issued a memorandum to encourage the North Atlantic nation to come up with ways to take advantage of the economic opportunities available to it for the "non-lethal uses of whales" and bring an end to its commercial whaling.
During their 10-day visit to Washington DC, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the exchange participants will meet conservationists, eco-tourism companies and policy experts. Other activities include visiting marine research institutes and whaling museums, going on whale watching trips and meeting environmental non-governmental organisations.
The team hopes to return to Iceland with new ideas and strategies to share with general public, policy makers, and businesses. More, the representatives wish to develop new commercial possibilities in Iceland related to non – lethal use of whaling.