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.
We've had a good week of capelin fisheries bu Iceland but no vessel have found blue whiting west of Ireland thus far. The fishery for Atlanto Scandic Herring has moved south, we've had a decent week of foreign mackerel being landed in Norway and no vessels have so far gone north to look for capelin in the Barents Sea.
Even if the weather took a turn for the worst part of the week
and the fleet headed for shore, the week quantity of capelin was
27 750 tonnes. The catching takes place north of Iceland close
to shore. The average size ( for both male and female capelin)
varies from 40 to 46 pcs. per kilo.
9 360 tonnes was landed for human consumption and is sold to buyers on Iceland. 15 390 tonnes were for fishmeal and fishoil and were sold to buyers on Iceland and in Norway. The price levels are from NOK 2,77 to NOK 3,06 for human consumption landings and NOK 2,65 to NOK 2,99 for fishmeal/oil. The average is NOK 2,88 and NOK 2,94 respectively.
Vi have seen a reduction in price late in the week, meaning that
buyers are entering lower bids in the auction. This is connected to
a increasingly good fishery for capelin by Icelandic vessels . We
heard that some factories are operating at full capacity and they
are not able to bid for more catches. These thing change on a daily
Friday afternoon we received signals that the Icleandic capelin quota will increase to 580 000 tonnes. This will also mean a significant increase for the Norwegian quota there, we will have the exact numbers later this week.
The week the fishery has moves south and was also affected by
the bad weather out at sea. The last catches are taken north of
But even though the majority of the fleet has heads south there is still fishing going on in the north. Reports are still indicating large quantities of herring at the fjords of Senja but few vessels fishing in the area. In some of the catches there were mixes in smaller sizes of herring.
From the area north of Lofoten we have had 1 640 tonnes
reported, from the areas from Træna-Vega 1 645 tonnes and from
the Halten areas 920 tonnes, the total being just over 4 200
tonnes. The purse seine fleet has contributed 100 tonnes, trawlers
1 210 tonnes and coastal vessels 2 415 tonnes.
The sizes in the north varies from 282 grams to 339 grams and further south from 310 grams to 340 grams. The price range has been from NOK 4,99 to NOK 6,21, average price NOK 5.96.
This week we have had a little over 11 000 tonnes mackerel landed and all has been from a total of nine foreign vessels. The catches are mainly taken northwest of the Hebrides
Some vessels have been searching for blue whiting in
international waters west of Ireland, but we have had no reports of
significant findings. Last year we had the first catches of blue
whiting on February 16, 2014.
One vessels have set course for the southern North Sea to look for the 200 tonnes of ocean sprat left on the quota. The vessel is reporting of catches of 40-60 tonnes per day.
In the Barents sea no vessels have so far gone looking for capelin there. Last year the first catches were taken February 7th 2014 on the Nordkappbank , in fishing area 1212. We are expecting the first vessels to commence fishery in the Barents Sea this week.
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.