Fishing companies in Akureyri, northeast Iceland, have decided not to sponsor this year’s Fishermen’s Day, which has been celebrated in the town on the first Sunday in June since 1939. There will be no public celebration this year.
“We have to come to terms with the sad situation that the fishing companies refuse to support the fishermen in celebrating Fishermen’s Day,” head of the Eyjafjördur Union of Fishermen Konrád Alfredsson told Fréttabladid.
“The fishermen and their families will of course celebrate privately, but it is sad when the fishing companies in one of the largest fishing towns in the country are not able to support our fishermen a little bit so the day can be celebrated publicly,” Alfredsson said, stating the Akureyri fishing companies are sponsoring celebrations on June 3 in other communities.
Alfredsson said the Eyjafjördur Union of Fishermen would hold a meeting about the situation, but claimed there is no time to create a program.
“We have hit rock-bottom, so the only way to go from here is up,” Alfredsson concluded.