The course of the Fisheries as per week 3/2014

Published: by Jarle A. Hansen

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.

Mackerel
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.

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