70% of Iceland’s herring stock infected by a parasite

by Owen James

Pity poor Iceland. First its banks collapse and the country has to be bailed out by the IMF.

Now its fishing industry is being devastated by a parasitic infection:

Kap VE came to the harbor today with around 700 tons of herring and the directors of the Process station were hoping that the herring was fit for human consumption. That was not the case, the herring was infected like the catch that has been landed in the last days, so they sent none of the herring to the freezing station.

Seeing 60-70% of a species being infected doesn’t sound very natural to me. Is the pressure we’re putting on the world’s seas spoiling even those we haven’t fished out or killed off?

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