Iceland to end commercial whaling in 2024 as demand for the meat has disappeared

For most of us, whaling is distasteful. What has become clear is that whales are essentially swimming trees in terms of their positive impact on carbon emissions.

It is therefore quite frustrating that several nations continue to demand the ability to hunt whales.

Thankfully there is now so little demand for whale meet, that Iceland is going to end its hunt.

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Whales are at 95% lower population than historical. This means they no longer fertilize the oceans

Whaling caused all sorts of issues. Many whale populations were decimated, and while some have recovered to some degree, few are anywhere near their population before humans started hunting them.

While we expect the human population to allow the whales to return to their former glory, this experiment may allow humans to fill their niche in the food chain for the time being

One of the things that has been missed is the incredible impact that they have on the ocean environment.

A new experiment aims to put these nutrients into the water and see if it restores dwindling fish populations. Although the nutrients that they release are usually found in the depths, the pressure means that they have to come to the surface to release their waste. This waste creates food for phytoplankton, which then is eaten by fish.

This experiment will happen off the coast of Goa, and will consist of taking rice husk waste from local factories and putting it out at sea, mixed with other nutrients. While this first experiment will be small in size, if it works it can be repeated. This will provide large amounts of food for fish, as well as absorbing carbon dioxide

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