The Norwegian Coastal Administration has postponed the underwater blasting on the outer sea of Kvaløya until all whales have been pulled out of the area. This happened after the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency reacted to the plans and demanded a halt to the blasting work. The Coastal Agency had originally intended to detonate 2 dynamite charges of 2.5 tonnes each near Gåsvær, as part of the work to secure the fairway for larger ships.
The problem was and is that large numbers of whales have wandered towards the coast and into the fjords in search of herring. In the worst case, an explosion would kill and certainly injure whales. The Environmental Protection Association is very satisfied that the Coastal Administration complied with our requirements.
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency reacted to the plans and demanded a halt to the blasting work.