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Massive Change of Life in Icelandic Waters

According to the results of a Marine Research Institute expedition, introduced yesterday, the spread of blue whiting, herring and cod fries in Icelandic waters is totally different from July 2006, possibly because of rising ocean temperatures.

“These are interesting indicators, but I don’t think it’s the right time for me to make any other comments on this case before further data has been collected,” Minister of Fisheries Einar K. Gudfinnsson told Morgunbladid. “The results emphasize the necessity for us to further strengthen marine research.”

The Marine Research Institute discovered capelin off east Greenland; mostly two-year-old fish which will spawn early next year and carry capelin fishing in the 2008 winter season. “It gives us a reason to be optimistic,” said Fridrik J. Arngrímsson, managing director of the Association of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (LÍU).

The leader of the expedition, Ólafur K. Pálsson, warned people against drawing any major conclusions yet. “This is only the second expedition of its kind,” he said, the first being in July 2006.

This year’s expedition took place between August 8 and 27 and the fact that it was undertaken one month later than last year could also explain why the spread of fry was different from 2006.

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