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Ministry of Food٫ Agriculture and Fisheries

License Issued for the Hunting of Fin Whales

The Minister of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Bjarkey Olsen Gunnarsdóttir, has issued a license to Hvalur hf. for the hunting of fin whales. 

The license is valid for the 2024 hunting season, permitting the hunting of 99 whales in the Greenland/West Iceland region and 29 whales in the East Iceland/Faroe Islands region, totalling 128 whales.

This decision aligns with the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute’s 2017 advice and considers the conservative ecosystem factors of the International Whaling Commission. It is based on a precautionary approach and reflects the government's increased emphasis on the sustainable use of resources.


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