Morgunbladid reports that Sigrídur Anna Thórdardóttir, minister of the environment, has decided to allow hunting of ptarmigan this fall. According to a press release from the Ministry of the Environment the number of ptarmigan in Iceland has tripled in the last two years. Ptarmigan hunting regulations will be set at the end of August.
“It´s important to stop ptarmigan from becoming a marketable product by banning the sale of the bird. The ptarmigan stock can not support commercial hunting,” said Áki Ármann Jónsson, a manager at Iceland’s Environmental and Food Agency.
Sigrídur Anna Thórdardóttir has solicited a formal report from the Ecological Agency as to how many ptarmigan can be hunted and proposals from the Environmental Agency on rules governing the hunting.