The course of fisheries as per week 2/2018
The second week of the year; - not the busiest in pelagic, and by the end of the week, harsh weather forced the fleet to port.
Still activity for the blue whiting west of the Hebrides. In the North Sea the fishing is started for the Norway pout.
The results from catching blue whiting have been modest -as we have experienced over the last weeks. The main reason is that relatively few vessels have been participating. Last week 11 vessels reported a total of 10.700 MT.
The catching has been conducted at well-known fields along the edge west off St. Kilda. The fishermen reported good observations from the area and the fishing has periodically been very good.
Of the week's quantity, the main part (8.000 MT) was sold for m&o purposes in Norway and Denmark. The prices have been between NOK 1,96 and 2,14. The remaining quantity (2.700 MT) was sold for consumption purposes in Killybegs and Peterhead. Prices; NOK 2 -2,12.
In the forth coming week the estimated same number of vessels will participate.
This fishing was opened on 1st of April and some expectations are linked to the availability of pout. Some vessels have been along the edge between 59° to 60°N and 640 MT were reported from 3 vessels.
The results are regarded as satisfying this early in the season. The catches are sold for m&o purposes at approx. NOK 2. Also for the pout the activity is expected to be much the same in the forth coming week.
Strong winds hampered fishing operations.
High activity for the North Sea herring, while for Atlanto Scandic herring it is nearly over, - especially for the smaller vessels.
Record last week with more than 180 million individual herring being caught.
More than 37.000 MT of Atlanto Scandic herring last week - and some ocean sprat for consumption purposes.
Several challenges in the fisheries for Atlanto Scandic herring.
When weather conditions were not too severe last week; good results for Atlanto Scandic herring, - an increasing number of vessels into the North Sea herring fisheries, giving a better result, - and still some mackerel.