Four fin whales were culled and brought ashore yesterday, in preparation for putting the meat on the market.
70 people are working on skinning and dressing the animals in Hvalfjörður. Whaler Gunnlaugur Fjólar Gunnlaugsson told Morgunblaðið that the hunt has gone well, and he hopes for even better catches in the future.
“It was like we only shut our doors just yesterday, and not 20 years ago,” he said when asked how re-opening the slaughterhouse went.
Another boat will be sailing out next week. According to Gunnlaugsson, 70 people work in the slaughterhouse, 30 people work at sea, and 20 people work in a freezing center in Akranes.
Of the 200 fin whales and 200 minke whales allowed by the Icelandic government quota, up until now only 15 minke whales had been culled. (Photo: mbl.is)