Capelin season 2016
In a small town like the Westman Islands ( Vestmannaeyjar) the capelin season can make a huge difference for the town economy and the the people that live there. This town is very depended on the outcome of the fisheries. My fiance is a fisherman and a good season is very important for our home, all from being able to buy ourselves a new car or just an nice Ittala vase
Issued benchmark for the Icelandic people this season was just 100.000 tons, which is rather little, for it has gone over 1.000.000 tons. That´s why the season started late and finished early. The fishing company tried ofcourse to maximise product in price. They wanted to wait until the product peaked in price.
The Mayor of Westman Islands, Elliði once told me that the local tax from one good season can pay for the running of all of the towns schools and kindergarten, so it can really make a difference for the town how it goes.
My fiance is a fisherman on a ship called Ísleifur. That is a very fine ship and the crew consists of energetic and cohesion group of men. Their captain is one of the best in the fleet, so it often goes really well. It is rarely that they come home with their tail between the legs…
The fishing starts really early in the morning and continue until late in the evening. They are working the whole time and the luxury of taking a break to get something to eat often isn´t available so the have to eat on the run. The chef just has something ready for the men so they can grab something to eat in between.
It’s important to keep up the good spirit and have some fun while they are working….
Björn Stefán the deckhand and Helgi Valdimarsson the captain.
In the end of the capelin season it is a tradition to do something fun together. This time we all went out to eat at Einsi Kaldi restaurant where we had a fantastic dinner and a great time.
Here is my new Ittala vase that I bought and I’m just loving it