FAO Fisheries Series (1982)


During 24 seasons (November, December and January) from 1834 to 1892, 27 992 harbour porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, were taken in the Strait of Lille Baelt, Denmark with a mean annual harvest of 1 122. Catches during the 2 world wars were between 230 and about 700 animals. From this data and the author’s own field observations in 1969/70, when about 20 animals were seen, it can be concluded that the present migration of harbour porpoises through Danish waters is less than before.