July 24, 1987
The United States will delay branding Iceland a violator of an international whaling treaty, postponing a possible embargo on $200 million worth of Icelandic fish shipments. U.S. and Icelandic officials also said after two days of talks in Washington that Iceland will continue a moratorium on taking endangered fin and sei whales pending another round of talks. Late last month, the International Whaling Commission ordered Iceland not to continue whaling for research purposes.
June 27, 1987 |
Iceland and Japan reacted angrily Friday to a move by the International Whaling Commission against the commercial hunting of whales disguised as scientific research. Japanese Whaling Commissioner Tatsuo Saito announced that he is quitting his job in protest. In Reykjavik, the Icelandic government bitterly criticized the United States for taking the lead in cracking down on whaling.
January 7, 1987 |
Icelandic merchant shipping crews went on strike Tuesday, joining a six-day walkout in the fishing fleet that has idled the island nation's fishing industry. About 1,000 members of the merchant seamen's union struck at midnight Monday after failing to gain a 20% wage increase in negotiations with ship owners. News reports said that the talks, supervised by a government mediator, are continuing.