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Flatey, Breiðafjörður Bay Circle, Iceland
Flatey means 'flat island' and describes the second largest island in Breiðafjörður, a large area of coastal waters to the West of Iceland.
In former times the island was important as a fishing centre and trading hub for the Breiðafjörður area.
Today, seaweed-harvesting, seal hunting, egg and bird harvesting and net-fishing are major land-uses for the small local community. The presence of the Common Eider and other bird species is therefore vital to the local industry practices.