Bad weather a hindrance to the final face for capelin, - the blue whiting migrates towards St. Kilda and just moderate for the Atlanto Scandic herring.
Capelin in the Barents Sea
As the fishery approaches the final face, the weather has again hampered the finishing. Last week came out with only 15.100 MT and the catching has taken place in an area between Malangsgrunnen and the North Cape. The roe maturation is still in progress and some catches are now taken with capelin already having spawned. Even if the maturation process is fairly advanced, there is still capelin to be found for consumption purposes. On Sunday the vessels were in the western part and the weather was reported to be good, - but scarcely with fish. The weekly quantity is shared between 11.700 MT for consumption purposes and 3.400 MT for meal/oil.
Also for the blue whiting it was a moderate week; just some 8.300 MT are reported, with 5.000 MT from the EU zone and 2.400 MT from international waters. The price level is NOK 2,38 as an average with buyers to be found all over from Killybegs to the Faroe isles. The fish is constantly moving towards NE in direction of St. Kilda. Just before the weekend some vessels sailed into international waters to possibly get the quantity to be caught in this area. But on Sunday evening the reports were highly disappointing and the fleet moved back into the EU zone.
Atlanto Scandic herring (Nw Spring Spawning herring)
The Atlanto Scandic herring has kept location in the Karmøy island area throughout week 11 also this year. However, we have to get back till 2009 to have record of good fishing beyond week 11. The price level is at NOK 4,6 and buyers from Denmark to Møre have received herring. As a total 1.900 MT have been registered. The average weight is getting lower; average at 274 g.