Iceland ships 631 tons of whale meat to Japan

The Icelandic company that resumed full-fledged whale meat exports to Japan this year has shipped more than 600 tons of finback whale meat to the Asian country and the annual total could reach the level seen in the early 1990s, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The company, Hvalur, exported 631 tons of finback whale meat to Japan in the first nine months of this year, according to the sources and Icelandic government data.

In Japan, roughly 4,000 tons of mainly minke whale meat, caught in