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.
The coastal vessels are
already well started with their winter season of Atlanto Scandic
Foreign vessels are landing mackerel to Nw processors. - Close to 4.000 MT are registered during the weekend, the sales manager says in his first report of the year.
If not exactly an explosive start from day no. 1, the coastal vessels are well started with their winter season for Atlanto Scandic herring. At 10.30 a.m. on the 2nd of January the very first catch was reported. The accumulated volume since the turn of the year is close to 8.200 MT. The catching has been taken place in the same areas as just before Christmas, i.e. the fjords at the outer part of Kvaløya and Senja islands. In addition there are some catches from Vesterålen.
The size is varying from 245 - 380 g, with an average at 321 g. The Coast Guard has reported that the herring is now observed in splitting up in the manner of smaller fish being left behind in some fjords. The prices into the new year vary from NOK 3,66 to 5,15, with an average at NOK 4,65.
During the weekend the first foreign vessels delivered their mackerel at Nw plants. Close to 4.000 MT have been reported and the fish is caught in grid 4372 north of Butt of Lewis. The size varies from 371 g to 390 g, with an average at 380 g. In the forthcoming period it is expected to be delivered more mackerel at Nw plants.
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.