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Rotten skate for charity

Members of the Lions Club in Ísafjördur, the capital of Iceland’s Westfjords, began their annual charitable skate processing yesterday.

The Icelandic tradition of eating rotten skate on Thorláksmessa, 23 December, originated in the Westfjords. The fish is usually served as a main course with boiled potatoes and melted sheep fat.

The members of the Lions Club in Ísafjördur prepare and ship the delicacy to customers around the country and give the profits to charity. Two fisheries in Ísafjördur donate the skate to the Lions Club. Fréttabladid reports.

Kári Jóhannsson, the club’s treasurer, said the skate season in the Westfjords is typically two months long and that the volunteer organization had already sold around ten tons of the fish.

Jóhannsson said they often get requests from Westfjords ex-pats in other parts of the country who want “real” skate on their Thorláksmessa dinner plates.

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