Iceland's fisheries ministry has issued whaling quotas substantially enlarged from those in previous years, as the government prepares to leave office. The quotas would allow catching of 100 minke whales and 150 fin whales annually for the next five years. The incoming interim administration is likely to be led by parties opposed to whaling, and may cancel the move. The move comes just after details emerged of an eventual possible deal between pro- and anti-whaling nations. (BBC)

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