Significantly reduced volumes last week. The matjes
season is over and in the North Sea catching of herring for
fileting is slowing down due to summer shut down. Just a few
producers are in operation. Difficulties for the mackerel up north,
but still good results when it comes to blue whiting in the
Norwegian Sea, - and finally; no capelin seen in the Greenlandic
North Sea herring
Last week just 6.900 MT of North Sea herring were caught.
Of this volume 880 MT were delivered for matjes purposes - both in
Norway and Denmark. The average price was NOK 6,06; NOK 5,65 in the
lower end and NOK 7,28 at the highest. The major part was
taken at the Patch Bank south of the Heimdal field, grid
0854. As a grand total 16.000 MT of matjes herring have been
registered this season, - though not rightfully representing the
volume produced. Herring sold for fileting has ended as matjes
- as well as herring sold for matjes purposes has later been
Following last week's production, the matjes season 2015 is now
considered concluded, even if there is still some interest for
more. The catching for better sized herring mainly to be fileted,
is carried out further north, close to the Viking Bank and the
Oseberg area. Of 6.000 MT, 4.000 MT came from Viking and the
remaining part mainly from Patch. The average size was 218 g, and
the price level from NOK 4,- to 6,20 with an average price at NOK
In the forthcoming week and further on, less activity is expected.
The plants are shutting down due to summer vacation and a great
number of vessels have fulfilled their quotas in Nw waters.
The mackerel season up north has not been as was expected
prior to the season. One reason is the weather conditions, but also
fish forming huge concentration migrating far north is a reason.
This fact and regulations executed have been hampering the
activity, and last week just 2.200 MT were caught. The size is as
has been usual, some 500 g, and the price level from NOK 7,75 to
8,15. For penned-in fish somewhat lower.
Further south close to 90 MT have been penned-in, some of it to be
used as fresh catch.
Close to 8.000 MT of blue whiting were caught last week.
6.500 MT were taken in the Norwegian Sea, the remaining part along
the edge from the Egersund Bank and northwards to east of the
Bergen Bank. Along the edge Norway pout has been caught as well;
close to 1.900 MT. The Norway pout was mainly fished at the
Egersund Bank. On Sunday night a couple of vessels were operating
in the Norwegian Sea as far north as 65° N and it is reported to be
Atlanto Scandic herring
Last week 240 MT of Atlanto Scandic herring were taken in
One Nw vessel accompanied by a Danish vessel has last
week been looking for capelin in Greenland waters. So far without