Faroe Islands announced on Sunday that it would provisionally limit the number of dolphins that could be killed in hunt Traditional of the territory to 500.
“The Ministry of Fisheries has now proposed an annual catch limit of 500 white-sided dolphins on a provisional basis for 2022 and 2023,” the Danish autonomous territory government said.
The decision to crack down on the number of dolphins hunted comes after public outcry over last year’s hunt, which saw more than 1,423 white-sided dolphins killed, a spree that shocked even residents who supported the practice.
“Aspects of that capture were unsatisfactory, in particular the unusually large number of dolphins killed,” the government said in a statement.
Why do they hunt dolphins in the Faroe Islands?
As we have mentioned in AmericanPost.NewsDolphin hunting is a tradition of hundreds of years in the Faroe Islands.
In the tradition known as “grindarap”, Faroese hunters surround dolphins or pilot whales with a wide semi-circle of fishing boats. The dolphins or whales are herded into a shallow bay where they are stranded and then fishermen on shore butcher them with knives.
Images of the bloody hunt have made headlines around the world, with many calling the practice barbaric.
But the tradition, dating back hundreds of years, still enjoys widespread support among people living on the Faroe Islands.
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Faroese government says hunting is sustainable
In its statement, the government insisted that the hunt was considered sustainable. “The latest scientific estimate for white-sided dolphins puts the population at around 80,000 in the seas around the Faroe Islands. Based on this, an annual catch of around 825 white-sided dolphins would be within sustainable limits.” said the statement.
“The Faroe Islands is fully committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development,” he added.
The Faroese government emphasized that the catches still serve as an “important supplement to the livelihood of Faroese Islanders”.
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