A Fisherman’s Life


There are so many big stories in Iceland: The effect of ocean warming on the species and numbers of fish and how this impacts on seabird and marine mammal populations; Whaling and whale-watching; Tourism and the economy. This is a wee story though. I was hanging around Grundafjordur Harbour in a blizzard waiting for something to happen when I saw this small fishing boat coming in. A lone fisherman, he unloaded his catch and walked over to the Harbour Master’s Office to arrange its collection. As he walked back to his boat I asked him how he had done. He shrugged and said “Oh, not so good, just 150 fish”. They were not big fish and I have no idea how much 150 mid-sized cod are worth to him but however much it is, it looked hard won.