The course of the Fisheries as per 23rd of January 2012

Published: by Norges Sildesalgslag
Again a good week for Atlanto Scandic herring and the first catches of Icelandic capelin reported both for consumption and meal&oil purposes. – More than 10.000 MT of mackerel registered from foreign trawlers. Atlanto Scandic herring (Nw Spring Spawning herring)
Also last week was very good for Atlanto Scandic herring despite the weather was not the best. 54.400 MT were reported and the catching takes place in an expanding area from Vesterålen in the north and southwards to Sklinna. Also one foreign vessel has delivered some herring (450 MT) last week. The average size is still just above 300 g. Price wise a small reduction was seen: NOK 6,11 as an average.

North Sea herring
Last week just one vessel was operating for North Sea herring. Despite looking for herring in a wide area, few catchable observations were made. Some Danish trawlers have been operating in the southern part of the North Sea, but reports from Denmark indicate that the size is rather small.

Capelin at Iceland
On Monday 16th of January the first catch of capelin was reported from Iceland. Tuesday and Wednesday two more catches were reported, but then weather got harsh and not until Friday new catches were reported. Good observations are now made and the weather forecast is good. Total catch so far; 6.500 MT. Prices from NOK 1,61 to 1,72.

Also last week foreign vessels landed mackerel at Norwegian plants. Nine catches amounting to 10.330 MT and two catches of horse mackerel amounting to 200 MT were reported. All catches were sold according to contracts.

Ocean sprat
No more catches were reported from the participating vessels, and as from Thursday last week, all vessel entitled to catch ocean sprat may participate in the EU zone.

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