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This profile was last updated on 6/26/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Kristjan Loftsson

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Employment History

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Managing Director
  • Manager
  • Deputy Chairman
    HB Grandi
  • Chief Executive Officer
38 Total References
Web References
Kristján Loftsson, chief ..., 26 June 2013 [cached]
Kristján Loftsson, chief executive at the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur, calls his mixture of fin whale oil a "green biofuel" and claims it to be a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional sources of fuel. Loftsson melts down the blubber from slaughtered fin whales to create a blend of diesel fuel and whale oil. This mixture is then used to power the boats that kill even more fin whales. Loftsson claims that this process is additionally friendly to the environment as the fat from the fin whale carcasses is rendered into oil using renewable geothermal heat sourced from Iceland's volcanic vents. According to the Times, Loftsson calls this the world's "greenest" marine biofuel.
With only 110,000 fin whales left worldwide and whalers such as Loftsson continuing this practice in outrageously unsustainable ways, it begs the question: Is the IWC really doing enough to enforce such regulations?
Kristjan Loftsson, owner of ..., 24 June 2013 [cached]
Kristjan Loftsson, owner of Hvalur and the main protagonist behind its whaling activities, had previously attributed the suspension of whaling for two years to a decline in whale meat sales, caused by a change in Japanese eating patterns after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Loftsson organised the opening ..., 11 July 2011 [cached]
Loftsson organised the opening of a company Misaka Shoji in 2009 to import Icelandic whale meat into the lucrative Japanese market - generating an estimated US$7 million in profit already, according to the EIA.
What's more Hvalur's managing director Kristjan Loftsson is deputy chairman of HB Grandi.
Kristjan Loftsson failed to respond to the Ecologist.
pg_0001, 6 Sept 2009 [cached]
Kristjan Loftsson, manager of whaling firm Hvalu said the delay was because firms must first test the meat for dangerous chemicals to see if it meets food industry standards. Loftsson and Iceland's Fisheries Minister Einar
Iceland Whale Meat Heading To Japan, 6 Nov 2006 [cached]
Kristjan Loftsson, chief executive of Icelandic whaling company Hvalurj, said there was "no problem" finding markets for whale meat in Japan, and added that there were "no restrictions on whale exports to Japan".
The newspaper said that there is a ban on trade of fin whale meat under the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species, although whaling nations have long argued that under the International Whaling Commission's rules, trade is allowed.
"We are back in business with about 100 tonnes of excellent eco-friendly whale meat and blubber ready for the market," Loftsson said.He added that his company had stopped whaling for the year because of poor weather and a lack of daylight.
The fin whale is the second largest species of whale after the blue whale.According to estimates agreed on by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), there are close to 70,000 minke whales in the central North Atlantic, of which around 43,600 are in Icelandic waters.Fin whales in the central North Atlantic number around 25,800.
Loftsson said he disagreed with the rationale used by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature which listed the fin whale as an endangered species.
"They say they have been caught so heavily in the southern hemisphere that world stocks are endangered.You can't do that because these are local populations," he argued.
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