A good week for the Atlanto Scandic herring, still some mackerel
and some North Sea herring, but not very much seen of industrial
species. Neither any good catches of horse mackerel are observed
even if it is reported from the fields that some vessels got
Atlanto Scandic herring
The catching of Atlanto Scandic herring had a successful week even
if the weather was not at its best all the time. Close to 42.000 MT
were registered, which is the highest volume from one single week
this season, in fact also the entire year taken into account. It is
mainly in the southern part catching is performed and the fleet has
followed the herring from an area just north of the Faroese border
and northwards where the catching now is carried on, some 170 n.m.
southwest of Skomvær. The size is good; 365 g as an average. - Also
further north Atlanto Scandic herring has been caught by Norwegian
vessel. Also in these waters the size is good, 355 g as an average.
The prices fell significantly last week, NOK 4,87 as the lowest and
NOK 6,16 at the best. The average price: NOK 5,24.
Along the coast the activity is more modest. The size of the
herring caught closer to shore; 250 g.
Even if the season is getting towards an end, some
mackerel is still delivered to Norwegian industry. Almost 15.000 MT
are reported and the foreign share of this is 9.000 MT. The
Norwegian vessels have been fishing south and southwest of
Shetland, while the foreign vessels have been operating in several
areas around the islands. The mackerel taken by Nw vessels are
somewhat smaller than what is caught by the foreigners; an average
of 326 g compared to 371 g. The prices vary from NOK 6,83 to NOK
9,64 with an average of NOK 8,59. Of the Nw quota there is just a
tiny part left.
North Sea herring
As concerns the North Sea herring some 2.900 MT were
registered last week. 375 MT of this quantity were delivered by a
foreign vessel. The herring is mainly taken in the Forties area,
grid 4205-06, and both purse seiners and trawlers have been
participating. It is also caught some herring at Fladen and one
catch is reported from Skagerrak. The size vary from 175 -246 g
with an average at 203 g. The price varies from NOK 3,06 for
catches mixed with small fish to NOK 4,10 at the best. The average:
Last week it was registered 60 MT of coastal sprat and
close to everything came from the Sogne fjord. Three equipped
vessels have been operating. The sprat has been of modest size;
120-130 psc/kg delivered to King Oscar. In addition to sprat from
the Sogne fjord, larger sized sprat has been caught in the outer
Oslo fjord. This sprat was delivered to a buyer in Sweden.
Just 300 MT of industrial species were reported last
week, of which 200 MT was Norway pout. The remaining part was horse
mackerel and blue whiting.
Following numerous vessels chasing the horse mackerel
last week - without success, several vessels have now left the
field and are heading for alternative species. However, some are
also staying behind and reports are received telling that a few
vessels are now getting this long hoped for fish. But so far no
catches are registered. Next week we shall have a new moon -
and maybe then….