Autumn mist veils the sea and the first September frost has settled on the marshlands. Holiday makers and migratory birds have packed up and gone south. In the Bothnian Bay archipelago, just below the Arctic Circle, fishermen go out to sea. Photographer Anna Öhlund joins them in their hunt for Kalix Löjrom – the Gold of the Bothnian Bay.
Headlights appear along the village road. Fisherman Mats Innala steps out of the car, greets us cordially, then takes a practised jump into his trawler. The engine starts and empty crates are loaded on to the boat by tractor. Mats has worked as a fisherman for 30 years with his colleague Arne Luthström – always with the same partner. They know each other well by now. They hardly need to speak, they still communicate.
This morning’s preparations are completed in ten minutes and then both fishing boats go out to sea. It’s still pitch black and Mats navigates the boat he’s built himself using GPS and sonar. The chartplotter on the screen with hundreds of lines looks like complete chaos to the untrained eye, but with their 30 years’ worth of experience these guys can probably find their way among the islands blindfolded.