The course of fisheries as per 8th of March 2010

Published: by Norges Sildesalgslag
Atlanto Scandic herring still being caught in the Rogaland area, - good conditions for blue whiting in the North-Atlantic, but ‘ups and down’ for capelin in the Barents Sea. Atlanto Scandic herring

Still some catching going on, despite the weekly quantity being significantly reduced there is high activity among the vessels still operating.

The week’s quantity was 5.225 MT, of which 660 MT was from foreign vessels. The main activity is carried out in the Rogaland’s fjords, and it seems like a fairly high volume of herring has migrated into these fjord areas.

Blue whiting

The quantity caught last week amounted to almost 14.000 MT of which just some 2.500 MT was sold for meal&oil. The price level for meal&oil is between NOK 1,60 and 1,70, while the price for consumption purposes was between NOK 2,05 and 2,57.

Last week the very first catch was observed to be landed in Norway for consumption purposes. The catching now takes place both at St. Kilda and at the Porcupine bank and the vessels are using a fairly short time filling up.

Capelin in the Barents Sea

 The capelin season is well on the way in the Barents Sea, but the conditions are highly variable and the ‘peak’ has not yet been observed. The quantity last week was 54.640 MT. - 20.750 MT was sold for meal&oil.

Tuesday the buyers launched their stop of purchasing capelin, but the stop was terminated the next day.

Last week the roe maturity reached 19 %, but it varies; some catches are still to be found having just 16-17 % maturity. The production is mainly made by freezing the capelin with roe.

The size is also highly variable and the catching takes place in the westerly areas north of the islet of Fruholmen. Saturday night the wind conditions in the area became severe and the fleet headed for harbour to wait for weather improvement.

The expectations for the next days are said not to be the best.

Bergen, 8th of March 2010

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