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Westman Islands to Export Live Lobster to Spain

A seafood company in the Westman Islands, off Iceland’s southern shore, recently began catching lobsters in traps and then exporting them live to Spain. The first catch from this experimental project will be sent to Spain this week.

“It is an expensive product and there is a large market for it,” Sigurgeir Brynjar Kristgeirsson, managing director of the seafood company Vinnslustödin, told Fréttabladid. “I believe this is the first time that [lobsters are exported] in this way in Iceland.”

Kristgeirsson’s company has planted 200 traps and next weekend they will add another 500. “We have decided to start on a small scale because it’s better to make few mistakes than many and it is to be expected that we will make some blunders to begin with.”

Heather Philips, a PhD student in ichthyology from Scotland, is cooperating with Vinnslustödin on the project. Her PhD thesis will be on a related subject. “There is a long tradition for fishing methods like these [in Scotland]. She is the first PhD student we have employed,” Kristgeirsson said.

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