Xander (17) hunts for the black gold of the ocean

Xander (17) hunts for the black gold of the ocean
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WHALER (VG) Lobster fishing of the year started this week.

“Helle Cameron”.

Xander smiled when he asked who was calling. It’s 7:42 a.m. and Grandpa is on the other end of the phone.

“I have already pulled three lobsters and thrown away 2-3 smaller ones. Then we will preach”.

They talk on the phone three times for the rest of the journey. “Cameron’s” grandfather, Gunnar Eriksson (87).

– He taught me everything about fishing. Becoming a good professional fisherman requires both tricks and tricks.

Formally, he owns the boat, but Sander runs the “Diana” on a day-to-day basis.

Sander Soberg attends Kalnes Secondary School in Srpsburg. Here he is in second grade on the line “Fishing and Catching.” Now he is out of practice.

– I can really recommend this profession to other young people. Both girls and boys. It’s different and fun. Plus, you can make good money, especially during lobster season. A longtime dream was to work on shrimp trawlers and enjoy the “Diana” in his spare time. Like grandfather, father – they are there from time to time.

On Tuesday, Sander pulled one after the other with the ocean’s black gold. This week, Fjordfisk, the largest fish restaurant on the Skagerak coast, is paying NOK 400 per kilo. That’s how money is made. Lobster fisherman makes it clear that it is hard work, so making money is definitely not easy.

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– Lobsters seem to be plentiful this year. In the first two days of lobster fishing I caught 110 pieces. Plus, I bowled over 50 runs. They fell short of the minimum target. It is important that we are very careful here. If I’m in doubt, it gets longevity, he insists.

General Manager at Fish Reception, Kurt Allen Hansen, is very pleased with the start of this year’s lobster fishery.

– This is the best start to the season we’ve had. The catch goes mostly to Norwegian shops and restaurants, but some is also exported to Sweden.

– We have seen some fishermen earn over NOK 250,000 in the short time lobster fishing has been legal. The market determines the price. At the same time, we know there are downsides, but so far it’s looking good, says Hansen.

Suddenly there was a strange noise from the engine.

– Oh, what’s going on? Saunders says there may be some rope in the propeller.

Like a seasoned sailor, he fishes gracefully from the rope.

– This can happen when the entire archipelago is full of rocks.

It’s not just professional fishermen who hunt for treasure during the day. In the Vesterøy archipelago in Hvaler, VG can observe a large number of tench and recreational fishermen in small boats.

Do you like lobster, asks Viji?

– I can eat it, but I’m not happy with it. I love shrimp and crab, Xander concludes with a smile.

PS! In the Oslo Fjord, along the coast and in the fjords in western Norway, 60 different conservation areas for crabs of different sizes have now been established.

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– Although we are now starting to get some protected areas for lobsters on the coast, the Directorate of Fisheries wants municipalities with lobster reserves to consider proposing more areas. For example, there are currently no protected areas north of the Sognefjord, says Jon-Erik Henriksen, director at the Fisheries Directorate’s administrative division, in a press release.

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