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Lumpfish Season Off to Great Start in Northeast

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Lumpfish Season Off to Great Start in Northeast

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Lumpsucker, or lumpfish, yields off northeast Iceland have rarely been better than right now; though fishing elsewhere off the Icelandic coast is not quite so good.

Fisherman Sigurður Kristjánsson, from Húsavík, who has been fishing lumpfish for 25 years, says he has never experienced such good fishing before, RÚV reports.

Lumpfish boats are docking in Húsavík one after another—all overflowing with fish. Nets are cast out in Skjálfandi bay and some boats are already docking for the second time today and the lumpfish season has never started off better, according to Húsavík fishermen.

Sigurður says that indications of good fishing started this winter when tons of the fish started being caught in cod nets. Húsavík lumpfish fishermen are landing up to 30 tons of fish each per day. “I landed this morning from yesterday’s tour. Then went out at 08.00 to sea and was back again by 15.00, having hauled 22 nets, with around two tons each.”

It is not the same story everywhere. Some fishing spots have got off to a much worse start to the lumpfish season. The season was even postponed in some places due to low stock levels.

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