LUMPFISH SEASON STARTED
The lumpfish season started on Thursday and fishermen are heading out with their nets. Húsavík harbour is full of action those days even though the whale watching season has not begun yet.
The owner of Gentle Giants, Stefán Guðmundsson, comes from a long line of fishermen who have been fishing in Skjálfandi bay for centuries. Along with whale watching, he is an active fisherman together with his father and brother.
This year, lumpfish boats are allowed to go out 50 days during the season. There are a number of boats operating from Húsavík, three of them from Gentle Giants and Knarrareyri (Stefán’s family).
Here are some photos taken by Þorgeir Baldursson, one of the crew members on Aþena:
The fleet of Gentle Giants and Knarrareyri: Aþena, Aron and Sædís.
Already in the early morning the hybrid welcomed us on our oak boat Faldur. Nearby a humpback was enjoying the silence of the morning. There was no noise but the blows of the whales which surfaced in a frequent pattern. Later the day the humpback was joined by a second individual and short after, both started to feed side by side.