Report of the International Whaling Commission (1995)


This note provides information on harbour porpoises around the Faroe Islands based on interviews with islanders. The harbour porpoise hunt has never been of importance in the Faroe Islands although in time of food shortage catches did increase. It is not possible to estimate either past or present bycatch levels of harbour porpoises in Faroese fisheries but anecdotal information suggests that incidental catches are not a major problem.