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Quota of 31,000 Ptarmigans Issued in Iceland

A quota of 31,000 ptarmigans has been issued for this year’s hunting season, which is half the quota issued last year as the position of the ptarmigan stock has weakened.


A ptarmigan. Photo by Hallgrímur Egilsson.

The quota was issued in compliance with the advice of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and after the approval of Minister for the Environment Svandís Svavarsdóttir, which was received on Wednesday, Morgunbladid reports.

The hunting period will also be shortened from 18 to nine days and is limited to four weekends in October and November.

“We are fairly content but question the matter’s procedure and administration. The division of tasks between the ministry, Environment Agency and Natural History Institution is unclear and so it is unclear who in fact is making the decision,” commented Elvar Árni Lund, chairman of the Icelandic Hunting Association.

The estimated hunting stock of ptarmigans was 850,000 birds last year but is now 350,000 birds. The stock size is in decline and is expected to reach a low in 2015-2018.

Judging by the number of registered hunters last year, the quota allows for approximately six birds per person. Ptarmigan is a favored Christmas dinner in Iceland.

A ban on the sale of ptarmigan and ptarmigan products will continue to be in effect and a limited area in the southwestern region will continue to be a hunt-free zone.

Click here to read more about the condition of ptarmigans.


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