The course of the Fisheries as per 6th of February 2012

Published: by Norges Sildesalgslag
The capelin season in the Barents Sea has started – and so has the fishing for blue whiting. Less activity for Atlanto Scandic herring, - a few catches of North Sea herring as well, while the capelin fisheries in Icelandic waters is over Atlanto Scandic herring (Nw Spring Spawning herring)
Some 31.000 MT were the final volume of last week for Atlanto Scandic herring. Bad weather is partly the reason for not bringing up higher volumes, but there is also significantly less activity among the Nw vessels. The fishing has moved to the coast off Møre, and by the end of the week the main activity was found in the Svinøy-Runde area. Just 8 catches were taken further north – at Træna. By the beginning of the week a fall in prices was observed, but later prices were adjusted upwards and the average of the week stopped at NOK 5,92/kg. Also several foreign vessels (trawlers) delivered herring last week as the mackerel catching has come to an end.

Capelin at Iceland
The capelin season at Iceland has for all practical purposes come to an end. The very last vessel has reported its catch, leaving behind just a minor quantity. The quantity of the week was aggregated to 24.000 MT of which 21.000 MT were sold for meal&oil. – 3.000 MT for consumption purposes. The average price for meal&oil was NOK 1,67 - and NOK 2,27 for consumption. All deliveries for consumption purposes have been landed abroad, while for meal&oil the raw material has been delivered in Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Isles and a minor part in Iceland.

Blue whiting
Last week the first catches of blue whiting were taken at Porcupine west off Ireland, totalling 1.690 MT. The catches were sold to a buyer in Killybegs with a price level at NOK 2,67 as an average. A production vessel is also active at the field and the quality is reported to be good with low stomach content.

Capelin in the Barents Sea
Last week we also got the first catch of capelin from the Barents Sea. On Tuesday 1.200 MT were caught east of the Tiddy bank. The quality was very good with low levels of stomach content, and with an average size of 42-44 pcs/kg. The catch was delivered as mixed in Honningsvåg. Following strong winds and harsh cold, further activities were hampered, but on Saturday and Sunday the wind calmed and more vessels were observed at the field. Last week’s volume was 2.100 MT with an average price of NOK 1,97. On Monday morning 15-16 vessels are reported to be active.

North Sea herring
A few catches of North Sea herring were also reported last week; totalling 770 MT. The catches are taken north of Brassayhole with an average size of 165 g. There has been no mackerel in these catches. Average price: NOK 5,95.

This season’s deliveries of mackerel in Norway by foreign trawlers seem to come to an end. Close to 4.800 MT were delivered, and as mentioned above, some foreign vessels have also been catching Atlanto Scandic herring off the Norwegian west coast last week.

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