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Herring Infection Shock for Iceland’s Fishing Industry

An infection has been detected in the Icelandic herring stock, which makes it unfit for human consumption. Although the herring can be used for animal fodder, the infection comes as a shock in an otherwise successful herring season.

Fishing in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

“Of course it comes as a shock to us in the middle of the season when both fishing and sales have been successful. It is the last thing that we were expecting,” Minister of Fisheries Einar K. Gudfinnsson told Morgunbladid.

The minister said the infection will have a significant impact on revenue for the fishing industry, although it is unclear how much of an impact it will have.

Gudfinnsson, along with scientists and representatives of fishing and fish processing, decided after a meeting yesterday to speed up a herring research expedition because of the infection.

Research vessel Dröfn from the Icelandic Marine Research Institute is scheduled to launch its expedition on Friday. Fishermen are also collecting samples for the institute.

The minister said it was important to obtain more information to realize how extensive the infection is and what the consequences are.

Scientists fear that the infection could cause a collapse in the herring stock in Breidafjördur fjord, west Iceland, where the infection was first detected.

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