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Tons of Herring Swim Ashore in Iceland

By Iceland Review

A large number of herring swam ashore in Kolgrafafjörður on Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland on Thursday and died on the beach. The estimated hundreds of tons of herring are spread over a one-square kilometer area.

snaefellsjokull-from-air_psSnæfellsness. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The herring has no visible signs of infection, from which the Icelandic summer spawn herring has suffered, Fréttablaðið reports.

Hlynur Pétursson, divisional manager for the Icelandic Marine Research Institute in Ólafsvík, witnessed thousands of herring swimming ashore. “I have never seen anything like it,” he said. He has taken samples from the dead herring.

The Icelandic Marine Research Institute estimated that there were almost 300,000 tons of herring in Kolgrafafjörður in 2011 and testing from early this week indicates that a similar amount of herring is currently in the fjord.

A similar incident occurred in the region in December 2011 when dead and dying herring on the beaches of Breiðafjörður bay attracted thousands of birds.

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