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Dispute over Rotten Fish Clean-up

Mayor of Grundarfjörður Björn Steinar Pálmason rejects that the responsibility and cost of cleaning up the rotten fish in Kolgrafafjörður on Snæfellsness peninsula lies with the landowners or municipality.

snaefellsjokull-from-air_psSnæfellsness. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

As reported earlier, thousands of herring died in the fjord in early December due to a lack of oxygen, along with other factors. Between 25,000-30,000 tons of rotten herring remain in the area, causing a stink.

The mayor has labeled the incident an ecological disaster and is concerned about how long it is taking to make a plan for the clean-up operation, visir.is reports.

According to an earlier report, the authorities had declared the clean-up the responsibility of the landowners. Staff from the Icelandic Marine Research Institute (Hafró) and the Environment Agency of Iceland are currently in the area and a conclusion on the conditions in the fjord is expected today.

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