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Large schools of herring off Iceland’s eastern coast

A Marine Research Institute of Iceland ship has discovered large schools of the Atlanto-Scandian Spring Spawning Herring (Norwegian Spring-Spawning Herring) east off Iceland. The herring has not been spotted in that area for decades.

“The situation is very different from what it has been for a long time, which gives us hope that the herring will come to us in larger quantities. We haven’t seen such large schools of herring since the herring stock began to recover,” Sveinn Sveinbjörnsson, an expert at the Marine Research Institute, told Fréttabladid.

The Atlanto-Scandian Spring Spawning Herring is considered to be in good condition, about six million tons. Before 1950 it was about 14 million tons.

“The herring stock was almost exterminated over the years due to overfishing. It is believed that fewer than 100,000 tons existed around 1970,” Sveinbjörnsson said.

Click here to read about a herring debate between Iceland and Norway.

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