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Iceland’s Oldest Fisherman Catches 1,800 Kilos

Egill Kristjánsson, the 88-year-old captain of Blikanes ÍS from Sudureyri in the West Fjords and Iceland’s oldest working fisherman, sailed ashore this week with 1,800 kilos of cod that he had caught after one day of fishing earlier this week.

“I’m alone on my boat and I have been a fisherman for almost my entire life and I’m going to continue fishing while I can and my health permits it,” Kristjánsson told Fiskifréttir, a regular supplement on fishing in business daily Vidskiptabladid.

“The catch was good today; I caught 1,800 kilos of excellent cod. There are three rolls [of fishing line] on board and it is sometimes difficult too drag them in all at once despite the fact that I only fish in shallow waters,” Kristjánsson said in description of how much fish he catches.

Kristjánsson sold his boat and fishing quota a few years back but then he bought it again. This summer he has gone fishing ten times and fishes for about one and a half hours at a time.

“The catch from these trips has never weighed less than 1,700 kilos and I gut the fish and ice it onboard,” Kristjánsson said. He sells his catch to Íslandssaga fishing company, which pays well, according to the fisherman.

“I don’t think there are fewer fish in the waters here than there used to be, although the trawlers are too aggressive in the shallow waters around here and clear up everything,” the fisherman concluded.

Although Kristjánsson doesn’t let his age prevent him from fishing, not all of his family members are as active. His oldest daughter and her husband moved into the nursing home Hlíf in Ísafjördur a few years ago.

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