The number of whale hunts is on a steady decline and they are also becoming smaller. Last year’s hunts yielded about 200 tonnes of meat and 180 tonnes of blubber.
On average, there have been about ten pilot whale hunts annually over the past five years.
The Norðoyggjar region has had the highest number of whale hunts in the past five years.
The trend is similar with regards to the number of whales killed in the past five years, with Norðoyggjar leading the way.
In terms of the number of whales killed relative to the local population in each region, Vágar leads the way, followed by Norðstreymur and Norðoyggjar.
The long-term trend shows a gradual decrease in whale hunts, especially over the past 50 years.
This trend becomes even clearer when looking into the number of whales killed, with a steady downward path for every year since 1950.
The number of whale hunts is on a decline, and the number of whales per hunt even more so. The reason is that the whale hunts are becoming smaller, as the number of whales per hunt has been on a steady decline every year since 1950.