Hvalur 9, the Icelandic whaler, caught its first fin whale off the coast of Snaefellsnes peninsula on Saturday.
According to captain and shooter, Sigurdur Njálsson, the 60-ton beast died immediately. The whale meat, around 20 tons, will be sold to Japan. This is reported in all the main media.
Minister of Fisheries, Einar K. Gudfinnsson, told Fréttabladid that he was happy with the catch. At this time of year fin whales have usually left for warmer waters.
After delivering the kill to Hvalstödin whale station, Hvalur 9 headed out to sea again. The whale hunters have permission to hunt another eight fin whales.
The international community has criticized Iceland’s decision to resume commercial whaling. UK’s Minister of Fisheries, Ben Bradshaw, told RÚV fin whales are on the brink of extinction.
Gísli Víkingsson of Iceland’s Marine Institute disagrees. He explained to RÚV that the fin whale stock in Icelandic waters is not in any danger of extinction, although it might be in other parts of the world.
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