Catches 2000 - 2013

 

• The following tables provide an overview of catches and strandings of different whale species in the Faroe Islands in recent years. Data to 2011 have been compiled by the Faroese Museum of Natural History (www.ngs.fo). Catch figures since 2012 are based on official catch reports subitted by district administrators and compiled by the Ministry of Fisheries. The catch records below do not include whales found stranded dead and not utilised. All Faroese catch and stranding data are reported annually to the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO).

 

• Annual records of drives and strandings of pilot whales and other small cetaceans in the Faroes date back to 1584. With the exception of very few historical periods for which records do not exist, these statistics provide over 400 years of documentation, representing one of the most comprehensive historical records of wildlife utilisation anywhere in the world.

 

* Figures latest updated 18 December 2013

 

 

  


Table 1. WHALE DRIVES & STRANDINGS IN THE FAROE ISLANDS 2000 - 2013
 


Year


Pilot whales


White-sided dolphins


Bottle-nosed dolphins

Risso’s dolphin

Bottlenose whales (strandings)
2000
588
265
0
  3
2001
918
546
6
 
0
2002
626
773
18
 
6
2003
503
186
3
 
0
2004
1012
333
0
 
0
2005
302
312
0
 
1
2006
856
622
17
 
0
2007
633
0
0
 
3
2008
0
1
   
7
2009
310
170
1
3
2
2010
1107
14
0
21
0
2011 726        0
2012 713        2
2013 1104 430      

 

 


Table 2. OVERVIEW OF INDIVIDUAL WHALE DRIVES & STRANDINGS 2007 – 2013
 


Date


Location


Species


No

160107

Oyrarbakki

Long-finned pilot whale

1

300307

Tjørnuvík

Long-finned pilot whale

104

130407

Hvannasund

Long-finned pilot whale

58

030707

Tórshavn

Long-finned pilot whale

30

120707

Norðskála

Long-finned pilot whale

25

130707

Hvalvík

Long-finned pilot whale

1

130707

Gøta

Long-finned pilot whale

142

100807

Tjørnuvík

Long-finned pilot whale

39

170807

Haraldsund

Long-finned pilot whale

2

270807

Tórshavn

Long-finned pilot whale

231

200808

Sandvík

Bottlenose whale

3

310808

Signabøur

White-sided dolphin

1

090908

Hvalba

Bottlenose whale

4

050109

Hvannasund

Long-finned pilot whale

99

100509

Hvannasund

White-sided dolphin

4

230509

Hvalvík

Long-finned pilot whale

188

230509

Hvalvík

White-sided dolphin

14

230509

Hvalvík

Bottlenosed dolphin

1

220809

Øravík

White-sided dolphin

141

230809

Hvalba

Bottlenose whale

2

270809

Fámjin

White-sided dolphin

11

050909

Gøta

Long-finned pilot whale

23

160909

Klaksvík

Risso’s dolphin

3

130410

Hvalba

Risso’s dolphin

21

050610

Sandur

Long-finned pilot whale

69

240610

Vestmanna

Long-finned pilot whale

59

020710

Tórshavn

Long-finned pilot whale

17

080710

Húsavík

Long-finned pilot whale

169

090710

Húsavík

Long-finned pilot whale

24

190710

Klaksvík

Long-finned pilot whale

228

230710

Tórshavn

Long-finned pilot whale

108

050810

Leynar

Long-finned pilot whale

73

300810

Hvalba

White-sided dolphin

14

090910

Miðvágur

Long-finned pilot whale

103

140910

Hvannasund

Long-finned pilot whale

33

220910

Sandavágur

Long-finned pilot whale

67

041010

Vestmanna

Long-finned pilot whale

21

111110

Viðvík

Long-finned pilot whale

62

151110

Vágur

Long-finned pilot whale

74

090211 Vestmanna Long-finned pilot whale 41
070411 Vestmanna Long-finned pilot whale 58
280511 Syðrugøta Long-fined pilot whale 204
020911 Vestmanna Long-finned pilot whale 75
080911 Hvannasund Long-finned pilot whale 28

131111

Funningsfjørður Long-finned pilot whale

169

181111

Sandavágur Long-finned pilot whale

49 

201111

Trongisvágur Long-finned pilot whale

21

221111 Tórshavn Long-finned pilot whale 81
160512 Trongisvágur Long-finned pilot whale 62
050612 Sandur Long-finned pilot whale 125
090812 Hvannasund Long-finned pilot whale 32
190812 Tjørnuvík Long-finned pilot whale 61
240812 Hvalba Long-finned pilot whale 70
300812 Sandvík Bottlenose whale 2
180912 Sandavágur Long-finned pilot whale 21
230912 Vestmanna Long-finned pilot whale 27
241012 Hvalba Long-finned pilot whale 36
241112 Fuglafjørður Long-finned pilot whale 40
271112 Hvalba Long-finned pilot whale 2
210713 Viðvík Long-finned pilot whale 125
300713 Fuglafjørður Long-finned pilot whale 267
080813 Sandavágur Long-finned pilot whale 107
110813 Leynar Long-finned pilot whale 21
130813 Húsavík Long-finned pilot whale 135
130813 Hvalba White-sided dolphin 430
270813 Hvalvík/Streymnes Long-finned pilot whale 51
060913 Sandavágur Long-finned pilot whale 50
220913 Streymnes Long-finned pilot whale 120
101013 Sandavágur Long-finned pilot whale 108
011113 Hvannasund Long-finned pilot whale 86
141113 Vestmanna Long-finned pilot whale 34