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Whaling Season Concludes in Iceland

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Whaling Season Concludes in Iceland

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Whaling vessels. Photo: Páll Stefánsson

The 2015 commercial whaling season, which began last spring, has come to an end with the catch totaling 184 whales. Quotas were issued for two species of whale: fin whales, the meat of which is intended for export, and minke whales, which are consumed domestically.

The fin whale quota was for 171 animals this year; 154 plus the remaining quota from last year’s season, ruv.is reports.

Kristján Loftsson, CEO of the country’s only fin whaling company Hvalur, said 155 fin whales were caught this season and that this is the first time that the entire quota has been caught. There were many whales in the hunting grounds, he said.

A quota for 275 minke whales had been issued but only 29 whales were caught. Minke whaler Gunnar Bergmann Jónsson said that the strike of veterinarians at the beginning of the season had prevented them from heading out for about one month.

Gunnar assumes that the minke whale meat supply will run out at the end of the year and that meat from Norway must be imported, same as last year, when only 24 minke whales were caught.

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