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Hvalur hf. Granted Permit to Hunt Fin Whale This Year

Minister of Fisheries Bjarkey Olsen Gunnarsdóttir has granted Hvalur hf., the only Icelandic fin whaling company, a permit to hunt fin whale this year. The permit is valid for a total of 128 fin whales. The minister stated that the government was obligated to issue the permit, despite her own personal stance on the matter.

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Following the expiration of their 5-year whale hunting permit, Hvalur hf. applied to renew their permit this past January.

The much-awaited decision came today after some delay. As fin whale hunting begins in June, parties on both sides of the issues had critiqued the minister for delaying the government decision.

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While Hvalur hf. had previously applied for another 5-year permit, the permit just granted by the minister is only valid for the 2024 hunting season, allowing a quota of 99 animals in the Greenland-West Iceland area and 29 animals in the East Iceland-Faroe Islands area, totaling 128 whales.

The hunting quota is within recommendations made by the Marine and Freshwater Institute. Regulations made by previous Minister of Fisheries Svandís Svavarsdóttir are still in effect. MAST, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, also made recommendations last year for stricter supervision and regulation of the controversial industry. Current Minister of Fisheries Bjarkey Gunnarsdóttir has stated that these measures are still under consideration.

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