Extended quota and alternative
catching field resulted in a sandeel catch record for the vessel
"Østanger". The herring season has started in the North Sea and
early summer brings about more penned-in mackerel.
Following the new
recommendation on Thursday of tripling the quota from 30.000 MT to
90.000 MT, most vessels aimed for continued sandeel catching. On
Friday we also got an extension of the fishing fields including the
areas 2a and 4 b. With good weather and a lot of sandeel the
vessels got loaded in a short time with short and large hauls. As a
grand total 28.800 MT were reported last week; the best day
being the 17th of May with 11.400 MT!
One of the vessels;
"Østanger" got a new record reporting alone 2.000 MT on
Constitution Day itself. The catch was taken during 3 days between
the West bank and Outer Shoal.
It is observed a lot of
sandeel in all areas where catching has been performed. By the
beginning of the week, the fleet was gathered at the West bank.
When the areas were extended, the fleet moved west to alternative
sandeel banks, and during the weekend the fleet has operated at
Following good catching
in a short time period, a certain pressure has been the consequence
at the landing sports. There are now a couple of days waiting to
get vessels unloaded.
The catches are sold to
plants in Denmark and in Norway (Egersund and Ålesund). The prices
were in the range between NOK 1,70 and 1,80.
It is expected high
activity in the forthcoming week as all vessels still have quotas
left; above 50.000 MT are still to be caught. - As summer is
approaching in the southern areas, it is of vital importance that
the vessels keep their catches well chilled when waiting to get
Two purse seiners and one
coastal vessel have started the herring season in the North Sea. As
a total these three vessels have reported 1.100 MT last week. The
vessels have been operating in different fields; by the beginning
of the week from an area southwest of Oseberg, to a
field close to the EU border line west of the Patch bank. - In
addition to a field at the East bank further southeast.
Early in the week the
buyers were not yet ready and the catches were sold for reduction
purposes. The catches sold for consumption purposes were sold to
Denmark at prices between NOK 3,20 and 3,26.
Even if the fat content is
fairly good, - the early season considered, the production has been
Matjes herring production
is expected to start in a week's time or so.
More vessels will join in
during the forthcoming week.
As usual at this
time of the year when temperatures are rising both ashore and in
the sea, the mackerel "comes together". The smaller vessels have
caught 43 MT last week being sold in the fresh market both in
Norway and abroad. The main part has been taken in the counties of
Rogaland and Hordaland. Higher volumes being penned-in has led to
falling prices compared to what we saw by the end of April. The
catches last week were sold in the range between NOK 15,- and
Following the weather
forecast with summarily temperatures in the southern part of
Norway, more mackerel is expected to be