Af hverju erum við ekki að veiða þá?
Although fin whales are considered endangered on a worldwide basis, that is not the case in Icelandic waters. Their numbers in the ocean around the island have grown to a stable level. The Fin Whale population in the North Atlantic was estimated to be 23,000 in 2001, and the estimated population of Minke Whales in the North Atlantic in 2001 was said to be around 67,000 in the North Atlantic central stock region, with 44,000 in Icelandic waters. According to the Icelandic Marine Research Institute, the taking of up to 150 Fin Whales and up to 400 Minke Whales a year in the Icelandic resources jurisdiction is sustainable. The Icelandic government has allowed the taking of 9 Fin Whales (6% of the number approved by the institute) and 30 Minke Whales (7.5%) until the end of August 2007.
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