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Silver of the Sea

“Herring is one of this century’s principal shapers of Icelanders’ destinies. Without herring it is questionable whether the modern society that now exists in Iceland could ever have been developed.”

– Icelandic Historical Atlas

Icelanders of a certain age still talk fondly of the “Herring Years,” when a season’s fishing could buy a young couple their first house, jobs were bountiful and money flowed freely. 

In the late 1950’s, the fish left.

— Mitch Karunaratne, London

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