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Marine Research Institute: Record numbers of fin whales

The Iceland Marine Research Institute finishes a count of fin whales this week. The project is a cooperation between Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Canada and Russia, and the fin whale stock appears to be at a record high.

This is the most extensive count of whale stocks which has ever been undertaken and a special emphasis has been put on determining the size of the fin whale stock. According to whale expert Gísli A. Víkingsson, this stock appears to be the largest since fin whales were first counted.

“That supports our cause as a whaling nation,” Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries, Einar K. Gudfinnsson, told Fréttabladid. “The whale stocks are very large and continue to increase in size, which has a negative influence on the size on the stocks of other marine species.”

“These results show without a doubt that there is a biological prerequisite for whaling,” the minister said. “But whaling is like any other industry; its profits decide whether it will continue. Therefore whaling will automatically discontinue if the meat doesn’t sell.”

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