The course of the Fisheries as per week 1/2014

Published: by Jarle A. Hansen

The coastal vessels are already well started with their winter season of Atlanto Scandic herring.
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.

Atlanto Scandic herring
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.

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