Icelandic Fin Whale Hunt Resumes, Stirs Debate

Vikingsson estimates the central North Atlantic population could be as high as 25,000 individuals, based on a survey conducted in 2007. Given this population size, Vikingsson does not believe this summer’s quota of up to 184 individuals will threaten the North Atlantic stock. “We have firm grounds to believe that there is an abundance, even using a precautionary approach,” Vikingsson said.”We urge Iceland to honor the ban on commercial whaling and the international trade of whale meat,”National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [email protected]

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