Congratulations to Hvalnes/Christian í Grótinum!

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Last week, on the 8th of May, Norðborg, a queen of the seas, finally arrived in its home port of Klaksvík. Hundreds of people were lining up to welcome the vessel and Klaksvik’s mayor Gunvá við Keldu held a speech with brass music and song adding the right feeling to the event. The 83.5m long pelagic factory trawler, the world’s most advanced of its kind, has accommodation for 30 people, and the newbuilding was delivered with the most modern electronics, fish-finding and communication equipment — and a 2500m3 refrigerated fish room that can hold 1400 tonnes of frozen products of herring, blue whiting or mackerel.

Photo above: Bogi Rasmussen; skipper and one of the owners of the fishing company Hvalnes/Christian í Grótinum

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Fishing News International features Búi Tyril’s report “Meet the Green Monster”

Under the heading “Let’s slay the Green Monster — to restore fishing’s reputation” journalist Quentin Bates writes in the April 2009 issue of the monthly Fishing News International: “Faroese writer Búi Tyril, who is co-author of Maria Olsen’s book Images of Fishermen… is a man with fishing in his blood, who has chosen to examine the possibilities a publicity campaign by the fishing industry could have as part of his master’s degree in corporate communication and public affairs at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, Scotland.”

The FNI article goes on: “Búi Tyril’s report, while written primarily as a university assignment, doesn’t pull its punches. It identifies reasons for the fishing industry’s terrible public image as well as many of those responsible for it.”

The full title of the report is “Meet the Green Monster: How the fishing industry could employ public relations principles and techniques to combat a global threat posed by powerful pressure groups.”

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From the raft I could easily touch the waves

I just remember, here when I looked through my archives, skipper and part owner Bogi Rasmussen once took a photo of me when I had just boarded the old Nordborg from a raft after some days on board the trawler/purse seiner Christian í Grótinum. What still strikes me is the memory of that amazing night – I’ll never forget the beautiful stillness in the foggy atmosphere mixed with the reflection of the lights from the two ships.

I was totally surrounded by the water which softly shaped small silver waves with fulmars riding on them looking for food. If I were to reach out my hand I could easily touch them. Bogi would ask me, “Where do you want to photograph? I can take you all the way from southwest off Iceland to the Faroes, if you like…”

See some of the photos I took that night in the chapter “Pelagic Pair Trawling for Herring with Christian í Grótinum and Norðborg” in the book Images of Fishermen: The North Atlantic.

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How to develop sustainable fisheries management in the Nordic countries?

Earlier this autumn a fisheries conference was held at the Sjöhistoriska Maritime Museum in Stockholm in connection with my photo exhibition “Ocean Fishing — Six Trips on the North Atlantic”. The central theme of the conference dealt with how to develop sustainable fisheries management in the Nordic countries and among the invited speakers were Ásmundur Guðjónsson, representative from the Nordic Council in Copenhagen, stated in his presentation that there is no common management policy in the Nordic countries — but 8 different ones.

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One of my favorites: Shooting the trawl for harvesting northern shrimp, off the west coast of Greenland

When Carolina Blaad, the press contact at the Sjöhistoriska Maritime Museum did an interview with me (in Swedish), she asked me to describe how it was to be on board the boats. Well, I answered:

“I wanted to see how it was for the fishermen to work and live on a fishing boat. I found it fascinating, like a hidden world — unknown by us living on land. But after being with them for a while, the thought struck me that they really love what they are doing and can hardly be without it even if conditions are very tough for many of them and often involves a lot of hard work…”

AUDIO: Click here to hear Carolina Blaad’s interview…

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Dayboat fishing with Anker and Anki

I promised Búi, my husband, to show his photos mixed with my own shots on this blog from a fishing trip we did this summer in the Faroe Islands. I was quite impressed with some of the photos that he got even if he became a little seasick (he forgot to take the pill and it was ages since he’d been out at sea in a fishing boat) and got a lot of water drops on the lens…

So me and Búi did one trip each with the Áargarður, a combined coastal longliner and jigger registered in the fishing village of Leirvík. The boat is operated and partly owned by Anker Dýrdarklett Hansen, a longtime professional fisherman with particular experience in inshore fishing.

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Successful grand opening

The grand opening of the the exhibition ‘Ocean Fishing — Six Trips on the North Atlantic’ was very successful with around sixty people showing up, including the Danish ambassador in Sweden, people from the Icelandic Embassy, and Faroese people living in Sweden. The managing director of the Sjöhistoriska Maritime Museum, Hans-Lennart Ohlsson, was enthusiastic and looking forward to host the exhibition for seven months – with the opportunity to reach out to schools and the general public during the fall.

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‘Images’ exhibiton kicks off in Stockholm

On Friday 27th June, 2:00 pm, at the Sjöhistoriska Maritime Museum in Stockholm, it’s opening time for “Havsfiske – sex turer på Nordatlanten” (Ocean Fishing – Six Trips on the North Atlantic) which features about 30 photos from my book ‘Images of Fishermen: the North Atlantic’.

I’m quite excited because with this event as I haven’t had any exhibition before at Sjöhistoriska. What adds to the buzz is that promotional activities include posters in the Stockholm Subway – to be seen by 800,000 train riders. That’s actually 20 times the total population of the Faroes or more than twice than Iceland’s.

Iceland’s Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson, is scheduled to do the inauguration of this exhibition — and this is a travelling exhibition set to be held in various Nordic locations over the next two years. The event is produced by the Sweden-Faroe Society (Samfundet Sverige-Färöarna), the Sweden-Iceland Society (Samfundet Sverige-Island) and the Nordic Cultural Fund.

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Copious gets her twin sister

Remember the chapter about the twin-rig trawler Copious LK 985 from Shetland in ‘Images’? Copious new sister trawler Prolific LK 986 arrived in Shetland at the end of May. Congratulations to the owners Mark Anderson, buy cialis Andrew White and Steven Wilson, treat and the newly joined Colin Robb, online who will skipper the Prolific. Both vessels were built by Parkol Marine Engineering at Whiteby, England. According to Fishing News the owners plan, after a couple of weeks of testing, to pair-seine, depending on fishing opportunities.

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A ‘Cultural Night’ in Brussels

The Faroese Minister of Fisheries and Natural Resources, Tórbjörn Jacobsen with Faroese singer Lena Anderssen and music composer/producer Niclas Johannesen at a cultural evening program during the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) in Brussels. With over 1600 exhibiting companies from 87 countries, the ESE is a major event that brings together seafood buyers and sellers from all over the world. We were there to deliver, fresh from the presses, a few hundred copies of the 2008 edition of our popular Faroe Business Report .

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