The course of the Fisheries as per week 15/2014

Published: by Jarle A. Hansen

A more moderate week for blue whiting. Other vice low pelagic activity.

Blue whiting

The week leading up to Easter came out quite different compared to the foregoing weeks considering blue whiting catches; just 27.800 MT were registered.

There are a number of reasons behind this fact, but following two weeks with volumes between 55-58.000 MT, the receiving plants had not spare capacity. Partly there has been a lot of waiting by most of the plants - as much as 96 hrs. after vessels being ready for loading. Accordingly the vessels have not been in position to carry on fishing. Another reason is that several vessels now have fulfilled their quotas and accordingly the number of vessels participating has decreased even if some new vessels have joined. Of last week's quantity 19.700 MT are taken by blue whiting trawlers close to St. Kilda, some 7.600 MT are taken by North sea-/ industrials trawlers - in the same area. In addition 5 trawlers have been operating at the edge accumulating 500 MT of blue whiting and some 400 MT of other industrial species. No blue whiting for consumption purposes were delivered last week as the size has been too small.

The prices went further down, and varied from NOK 1,40 in the low end delivered in Norway to NOK 1,48 at the best - delivered in Denmark. The average price: NOK 1,43 at the auctions.

By the end of the week the weather stopped the activities. On Saturday and Sunday no vessels could carry on fishing at St Kilda.  Following weather forecasts, the conditions should improve on Monday and hopefully the availability again will be as good as just before the storm attacked.

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