A total of 12 minke whales have been caught in Faxaflói Bay since the hunting season began in May, ruv.is reports. The minister of fisheries issued a license for 229 animals but IP útgerð ehf, the sole company with a license to hunt the species, plans to hunt just 50 minkes this season.
In recent years, less than one third of the issued quota for minke whales has been caught. The hunting of minke whales resumed in 2003 after an 18-year break. Since then, 531 minkes have been caught.
Minke whale meat is sold in Iceland and according to a representative of the company, 50 minkes is sufficient to meet the demand.
The quota for fin whales this summer is 154 animals.
As reported yesterday, leader of the Left-Green Movement, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, is calling for Iceland to review its whaling industry and evaluate the benefits to the country’s economy.