High activity for the North Sea herring last week, a
good week also for the mackerel, - partly in new fields, and a good
week for the blue whiting in the Norwegian Sea as well,- more
ordinary results reported from "the edge".
North Sea herring
Again it has been a week with high activity for the North
Sea herring, and herring with matjes quality has been fairly good
priced, in fact the highest for many years, (in 2011 NOK 14,36). As
grand total 16.500 MT were registered, - the highest volume for one
single week this season. The major part has been sold for fileting
(11.800 MT), whiles the remaining part, close to 4.700 MT, was
registered as matjes herring; 3.000 MT to Egersund and 1.700 MT to
Skagen. Apart from these matjes landings, buyers from Skagen to
Trøndelag have received herring for fileting.
The catching areas have been as previously described; the Viking
Bank for filet herring, and the EU zone for matjes. However this
should be somewhat adjusted; some catches have been taken east of
the Balder/Grane fields, and a few catches also further southwest,
south of Grane in grids 0813-14 and 54. From this area herring has
been caught both for matjes and fileting purposes. The size in this
area has been from 142-190 g, while at Viking the herring has been
sized from 195-215 g. The herring from the EU zone have an average
from 143-190 g.
The price level last week has been going upwards; -as
mentioned, we have had the best price for years when it comes to
matjes. Average price for filet; NOK 4,86 (NOK 4,- to 6,25) and
matjes from NOK 4,91 to NOK 11,31 with an average at NOK
As the matjes season had a slow/late start, there is still a hope
for some catching, even if normally the matjes season is over when
we approach the day of St John.
Finally we registered some higher activity for the
mackerel up north last week; however, even if Wednesday was a good
day for the mackerel, the catching over the week has been
uneven. One reason has been the winds, and even if weather
improved, the results were not as expected. On the other hand we
have had good results in the northern part of Troms County, not far
from Fugløy and Vannøy islands. The total of last week amounted to
6.200 MT of mackerel, of which 1 MT was penned-in. The prices
differ from NOK 7,20 to 8,- depending on delivery and
Also in the southern part of Norway mackerel has been penned-in,
mainly to be sold as fresh. This is what is quite normal at this
time of the year.
High activity is also expected in the week to come in Troms County.
Very good observations of the mackerel have been reported.
Blue whiting/Norway pout
As a grand total 15.000 MT of blue whiting have been
registered last week. The main part has been taken in the Norwegian
Sea; some 10.800 MT. This is from the area 64° 40'N to 65°
30'N and near 3 degrees further eastwards. On Sunday night five
vessels were in operation and the fishing is good with calm
weather.Also those vessels operating at the edge for the blue
whiting and Norway pout had a fairly good week. 4.000 MT of blue
whiting and 1.200 MT of Norway pout were registered. The fleet is
operating at the edge from Egersund Bank and further north, as far
north as grid 0814 (east of the Allé Bank).
He price level for meal&oil purpose has been stable at NOK