Contemporary Whaling in the Faroe Islands: Its History, Challenges, and Outlook

Fielding Russel

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[From intro:] In the Faroe Islands, pods of small cetaceans are driven ashore, killed on the beach, and
processed for food by local community members. This practice, known in Faroese as
grindadráp, produces food for local consumption. The primary species taken is the longfinned
pilot whale (Globicephala melas) but occasionally Atlantic white-sided dolphins
(Lagenorhynchus acutus) and, more rarely, bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are
also taken. The Faroe Islands are a self-governing North Atlantic nation under the
external sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark. Under their Home Rule agreement
with the Danish government, the Faroese enjoy a high level of political autonomy over
nearly all domestic affairs, including whaling. The grindadráp is legal under Faroese law
and is not forbidden by any treaty to which the Faroese government is party (Fielding
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-145
Number of pages13
JournalSenri Ethnological Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • whaling
  • Faroe Islands
  • history
  • culture
  • society
  • grindadráp


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