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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Aušlindin ķ sjónum - The Riches of the Sea

Aušlindin ķ sjónum

Mišin umhverfis Ķsland eru einhver hin gjöfulustu ķ heimi. Landgrunniš er mjög vķšįttumikiš, um 758 žśsund ferkķlómetrar aš stęrš, og žar blandast heitir og kaldir hafstraumar. Žaš skapar kjörašstęšur fyrir žį fęšumyndun sem er naušsynleg fyrir višgang fiskistofnanna.

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Smįbįtaeigendur keppa um fiskinn viš togarana og stęrri skipin (Fishermen on small boats compete with owners of trawlers and large boats for the right to catch the fish).

Klak- og ętisslóšir fjölmargra nytjafiska eru į ķslenska landgrunninu og ekki fęrri en 293 mismunandi fisktegundir hafa veriš skrįšar į Ķslandsmišum. Tķu tegundir mynda uppistöšuna ķ fiskveišunum, en samtals eru um 40 tegundir nżttar.

Aušlegš hafsins byggist į viškvęmu samspili vistkerfa og Ķslendingar vita aš ekki einungis nįttśruhamfarir og breytingar į vešurfari geta haft alvarlegar afleišingar ķ för meš sér, heldur einnig slęm umgengni viš aušlindina.

The Riches of the Sea

The fishing grounds around Iceland are some of the richest in the world. The continental shelf, on which warm and cold ocean currents meet, is very wide (that is, about 758,000 square kilometres in size). The blend creates an ideal environment for the success of the food cycle necessary for the growth of fish stocks.

There are a large number of hatching and food gathering areas on the Icelandic continental shelf (which are used by those fish which can be processed). No fewer than 293 fish species have been observed in the Icelandic fishing grounds. Whilst ten species make up the bulk of the catch, some forty species of fish are caught.

These ocean riches form part of the delicate balance of the ocean ecosystem, and Icelanders are aware that not only natural catastrophes and changes in the climate can seriously effect it. Poor management of these resources will also have an impact.

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