The commercial hunting of fin whales will recommence in Iceland this summer after a two year break. CEO of whaling company Hvalur hf. Kristján Loftsson confirmed the decision to daily Morgunblaðið yesterday.
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According to Kristján, the season is expected to begin in June and run through September and will create work for 150 people.
The company currently holds a five-year license which runs out at the end of this year.
The quota is for 154 fin whales per year, but 20 percent of the previous year’s unused quota can be transferred to the current year.
In 2009, a total of 125 fin whales were caught and 148 in 2010.
The economic situation in Japan, the prime market for whale meat, was the main reason for a cease in whaling over the last two years.