The mackerel is migrating westwards while the herring in the “Loophole Sea” is migrating east. Higher activity for North Sea Herring and the season’s first catches of sprat registered in the Sognefjord.
Despite small quotas left and several vessels finishing, it was a good week for mackerel. The result was 45.700 MT. First part of the week the catching took place south and southeast of Shetland and to some extent in the Norwegian zone east off “Viking” and downwards along the “Norwegian trench”. On Friday the first catches were taken west of Shetland. Saturday was an extraordinary day catches taken into consideration, as more than 12.000 MT were registered. Also Sunday came out good with more than 7.000 MT- main part taken southeast of Shetland. Highest price in the auction; NOK 15,99 with an average of NOK 13,34.
Atlanto Scandic herring (Nw Spring Spawning herring)
Also the catching of Atlanto Scandic herring is in progress. The quantity of the week was 15.000 MT. Catching is mainly taking place in the “Loophole Sea”, though by the end of week also in the Norwegian zone. It seems like the herring is migrating north and east. From the field it is reported good observations, but catching conditions have not been the best. The size of the fish is very good; from 350 -380 g, with 365 g as an average. Average price: NOK 6,27. Some catching is also to be found along the coast from Møre to Bodø. Average size in this area: 180-225 g.
North Sea Herring
The yield of last week was close to 2.000 MT, mainly taken by purseiners, trawlers and larger coastal vessels. The catching has mainly taken place east of "Fladen" and aprox. half of the quantity was delivered in Denmark. Average price; NOK 5,38.
Last week just 100 MT were reported for sprat – and of small size both in Hordaland and Sogn counties. On Thursday night, fishing was opened in Nordfjord. So far no reports or registered catches from this area.