By SudOuest.fr with AFP
An annual catch limit of 500 white-sided dolphins has now been proposed by the Department of Fisheries
The Faroe Islands announced on Sunday that it would temporarily limit the number of dolphins that its inhabitants hunt to 500 per year, a very controversial practice. “An annual catch limit of 500 white-sided dolphins has now been proposed by the Ministry of Fisheries on a provisional basis for 2022 and 2023,” said the government of this Danish autonomous territory.
This quota was set after the “unusually large catch” of 1,423 white-sided dolphins last September, he said in a statement. “Aspects of this catch were unsatisfactory, in particular the unusually high number of dolphins killed,” he acknowledged, adding, “it is unlikely to be a sustainable level of catch. […] long-term “.
A review of the practice was launched in February after a petition calling for a ban on this traditional hunt was submitted to the Faroese government. The text had collected nearly 1.3 million signatures. In the Faroese tradition, hunters surround the dolphins with a wide semi-circle of fishing boats and lead them into a shallow bay where they are stranded. Fishermen on the shore kill cetaceans with knives.