NORWAY: Fish Story

Norwegians care little how the herring ends its days, be it Matjes, marinated, soaked in sour cream, smoked, baked or fried. But they cannot abide it poached. Like others before them (Britons, Icelanders, Germans), Russia's herring fleet made this discovery the hard way last week.

After first ascertaining that the Norwegian fishermen were in port, in keeping with the Norwegian law which forbids fishing on Sundays, a fleet of some 60 Soviet boats followed a shoal of herring inside Norway's four-mile limit and let down their purse nets off Aalesund. A police cruiser sped out to chase the trespassers. When...

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