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.
Lower activity for the Atlanto Scandic herring, mackerel from foreign vessels and the first vessels are now heading for Iceland and the capelin.
Atlanto Scandic herring
Last week the aggregated
volume of Atlanto Scandic herring reached 25.700 MT. The catching
has been performed in an area from Tromsøflaket in the north and
southwards to Træna. The size is as we previously have seen from
280 - 353 g with an average at 327 g.
The prices have improved a bit and vary from NOK 4,10 to 5,78 with. - The average at the auction; NOK 5,10. The price increase has to do with higher mobility related to the bid areas and thus larger volumes have been delivered further south, as far south as Denmark.
In addition to the catching in northern waters, there has been some activity along the coast of Trøndelag and Møre resulting in 140 MT. The size here is between 210 and 230 g.
In the forthcoming week the activity is expected to move further south as the observations off Træna are good. However the participation of smaller vessels will most likely be lower. Some of the vessel have fulfilled their quotas, - and some prefer to postpone further herring catching until later this year.
Last week six vessels of foreign origin delivered their mackerel catches in Norway; altogether 5.600 MT. The size was from 345 -365 g. Then catching is performed in the same areas as we have already seen; grid 4372-80. These are grids situated north of But of Lewis at the Hebrides.
Some mackerel is also taken in grid 4239. This area is further east, northwest of the Orkneys. Also in the forthcoming week catching is expected in these areas.
Capelin at Iceland
On Thursday the first vessel headed for Iceland, being "Trønderbas", followed by "Brennholm" and "Storeknut" The information received from Iceland tells about good fishing east of Langanes, reaching 1000 MT in 24 hrs., by 3-4 hauls, - just by trawling as it is now. Weather conditions are, however, uncertain and may hamper the operations from time to time. The size of mixed catches is between 39-45 pcs/kg, somewhat better sized now than by the early start of the season when the size was at 55 pcs/kg. More vessels are expected to head for Iceland in the nearest days. On Sunday night the reports told of bad weather conditions hampering the activity.
Capelin in the Barents Sea
On Friday the Directorate drew lots among trawlers and coastal vessels being registered. Of the registered trawlers 8 got permission to participate and 30 coastal vessels. For the purse seiners the allocation system is different.
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.