Iceland - Hunting - Puffin hunter holding dead puffins he has caught with a net in Vestmannaeyjar
Puffin hunter Jakob Erlingsson holds dead puffins he has caught using a net in his hands
Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Puffin hunting has been of major importance in Vestmannaeyjar and during the hunting season of just over 6 weeks every year, some 16,000 puffins were caught to make up Iceland’s national dinner. However by 2011 and 2012, breeding failures had taken such a toll that puffin hunting was banned in Vestmannaeyjar. In 2013 a five-day puffin-hunting season was allowed at the end of July.