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  •  Well, the numbers seem to be that (1+ / 0-)
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    Icelanders are harvesting about 0.2% of the population when the increase is about 2 to 3% a year - i.e., in a sustainable manner.  Btw, the Alaskans who are into whaling take something like 50 out of 10,000 whales each year (slightly more on a percentage basis - but debatably sustainably).

    This is perhaps like in Africa where elephants are hunted by rich foreigners - with the idea that the locals will preserve the populations (i.e., prevent poaching) for this more lucrative endpoint.    Again, there's some debate and controversy on that approach (yeah, it definitely gives one a queasy feeling, but if it works when nothing else does, well - gotta give it a shot).

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