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Dead Herring in West Iceland Used for Animal Food

Farmers in West Iceland have been picking up dead herring on the beach of Kolgrafafjörður to use as animal food. Meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson supports the theory that the herring died from sudden cooling.

snaefellsjokull_psFrom Snæfellsness, where Kolgrafafjörður is located. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In his weather blog, Einar wrote that the ocean temperature in the inner Breiðafjörður, from which Kolgrafafjörður extends, was around or just below freezing point on December 11.

Einar posted a map, showing how the temperature in that area is much lower than elsewhere around Iceland. He explained the cooling was caused by relentless wind blowing in from the north.

Among those taking advantage of the unexpected supply of herring were father and son Skúli Skúlason and Guðmundur Margeir Skúlason from Hallkelsstaðahlíð.

On Monday they carried piles of herring to a horse trailer where they salted it. They told that they were going to feed the fish to their sheep.

Representatives of the Icelandic Marine Research Institute were called to a meeting at the Ministry of Industries and Innovation on Monday because of the dead herring and specialists were expected to study the scene yesterday.

A decision will then be made if and in what way the area will be cleaned.

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