The Norwegian Pelagic Fishing Course in Week 7
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 07:00 (GMT + 9)
The first catch of blue whiting on the keel, the capelin fishing in Iceland was completed and the good fishing for herring last week
On Friday evening at 8:52 p.m. local time, the Icelandic authorities stopped the capelin fishing off Iceland, and at the same time we received the last two tickets for the auction. During the season this year, we have been on a fishing adventure. Consistent and good fishing is gratifying, as well as a good response on the quality delivered, as well as the quality of the catches that have crossed the sea to Norway in bad weather conditions. And prices have been far above even optimistic expectations. A total of 42,260 tonnes were caught (without correction for recent landings), of which 4,678 were recorded and sold at auction last week.
Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag
One of the big differences in the capelin fishery is the extensive sampling regime, which is extremely important for the sale of such high value cargo. Most of the boats have been well prepared for this, but there are still several that have potential for improvement here. Good capelin sampling is very important.
On Thursday night we put the first boat with 750 tons of blue whiting up for auction. The catch was sold at the consumer auction and delivered to Killybegs. There are reports of good interest in blue whiting for human consumption, so we anticipate that more vessels will be delivered for this purpose. The first auction of flour and oil was held on Sunday with two vessels, both with more than 2,000 tons that had been received on board in about a day. One was sold to Denmark and the other to Egersund. All fishing in the international zone is around 230 NM west of Ireland as there is currently no opportunity to fish in the EU zone. This week a total of 5,510 tonnes of blue whiting have been reported. And there are currently 10 active vessels in the field and more are heading west.
NVG herring is moving south and the catches further south this week have been from Haltenbanken, although the majority of the catches have been from Sklinnabanken 40 NM northwest of Rørvik. We have registered 26,652 tons this week. The average size has been 285 to 372 grams, but 90% is between 307-365 grams with an average of 341 grams.
Author: Bjånesøy Roar / Norges Sildesalgslag (translated from original in norwegian)