Faroe Islands to rate dolphin hunting

The local government of the Faroe Islands announced Thursday to assess the regulation of dolphin hunting after the killing of more than 1,400 cetaceans on September 12 which aroused great emotion across the archipelago.

“The government has decided to launch an assessment of the regulations relating to the capture of Atlantic white-sided dolphins,” Prime Minister Bárdur á Steig Nielsen said in a statement.

“Although these hunts are considered sustainable, we will take a close look at dolphin hunts and the role they must play in Faroese society,” he explained, distinguishing fishing for this species from ” grind ».

Ancestral tradition in the Faroe Islands, Danish autonomous territory in the North Sea, the ” grind ” Where ” grindadrap Consists, by encircling them, in cornering with boats a school of marine mammals in a bay. They then fall into the hands of fishermen who remain ashore, who kill them with knives. Their meat is then intended for consumption.

These are usually pilot whales, also called pilot black dolphins (globicephala), but on Sunday more than 1,420 white-sided dolphins, which are also allowed to be hunted, were caught in this way in a fjord near Skala, in the center. of the archipelago.

On average, some 600 cetaceans are caught each year in the Faroe Islands.

“It has long been recognized at the international level that the catches of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands are sustainable and that the pilot whale stock in the North-East Atlantic is abundant”, underlined the press release which deplores an “exceptional” situation on September 12. due to the number of animals captured, which resulted in a slower killing.

The environmental NGO Sea Sheperd, which has been fighting the grind for many years, denounced a “terrible” “attack on nature”.

“If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that we need to live in harmony with nature instead of destroying it,” the organization’s CEO Alex Cornelissen said in a statement.

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