With steep cliffs, tall green mountains and long narrow fjords, the Faroe Islands is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world.
But with this beauty also come long, cold, stormy winters which make agriculture difficult. One could wonder, why people would settle, let alone survive on such remote, small, weather battered islands. Beautiful scenery alone isn’t sufficient. The answer is the ocean. This harsh and cold North Atlantic climate may not be ideal for humans, but it is perfect for fish.
For a millennium the Faroese people have relied upon the seas for food and survival.
Atlantic mackerel, also known as scomber scombrus, is easily recognize by its blue/green tiger like back stripes. It has an average length of about 30 – 40 cm, although it can grow up to 70 cm. Atlantic mackerel is a fast swimmer and needs to be in constant motion in order not to sink.