The mackerel season got started with 17.000 MT registered on
Thursday/Friday. Some lower activity during the weekend as the
fleet were chasing the bigger mackerel. Low activity in other
Following several weeks with search and modest catches,
the mackerel fishing finally got started last week. As a grand
total 23.800 MT were registered.
In the first part of the week bad weather and strong winds were
dominating the fishing field. Just a few catches were reported in
the northern part of the EU zone. On Wednesday the weather improved
however, and the first promising indications were observed as a
couple of catches were taken in the Nw zone. (grid 30-04). On
Thursday (7.400 MT) and Friday (10.400 MT) the catching really got
started with more than 80 catches on these two days alone. During
the weekend it was a more modest result of just 4.500
The catching in the Nw zone started some n. miles north of 62 °N,
approx. 75 n. miles west of Stadt. The mackerel and hence the fleet
moved south and on Saturday the southernmost catches were taken
south of 61 °N.
The challenge has been to find the best sized fish. The best size
has been observed in the EU zone where the average weight has been
approx. 420 g. In the Nw zone the size has been varying more than
100 g The smallest mackerel (294 g) has been taken in the southern
part. Further north in grid 30-94, the best average has been close
to 400 g. The total average is 369 g. Compared to the same week
last year this average is 58 g lower than the average then; 427
Following high variations both in size and daily catches, the
prices have also been varying over the last week. As the best price
in the auction, NOK 11,22 were reached - and at the lower end, just
NOK 6,98. The week average was NOK 8,99.
The trollers had just a modest quantity last week; some 400 MT.
This is mainly due to a low number of vessels participating as
several vessels already have taken their quota - and also
following the fact that bad weather hampered these vessels during
the first part of the week.
In the forthcoming week some tension will be linked to whether
better sized fish will be available. The hope is that fish from the
Norwegian Sea will migrate into the North Sea. With the entire
fleet in activity and available fish of good size, we can maybe see
a week of records for mackerel volume wise.
Atlanto Scandic herring
Just a few vessels have been hunting the herring in
northern areas. - 380 MT were registered.
The catching can be divided in two sizes; just above 250 g and
315-300 - dependant on fishing field.
The price; NOK 3,58 to 4,30 at the best.
Norway pout and blue whiting
Just one catch last week; 40 MT of blue whiting and 120 MT
of Norway pout. The catch was taken southwest of Egersund.