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Uploaded on Monday 13 Dec 2010 by Peter Prokosch

Flatey, Breiðafjörður Bay Circle, Iceland

Year: 2010 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
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.
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