Lower activity for the blue whiting in international
waters. In the Barents Sea we saw the best capelin week this
With better weather conditions in the Atlantic, there was a hope
for higher yields of blue whiting. This was however, not the case,
and the total volume from week 12 came out with just 25.100 MT. Of
this quantity 10.400 MT were caught in the EU zone, north of the
Porcupine Bank. In international waters the activity has slowed
down during the week. - Long hauls and less catches being
normal in second half of March.
As previously seen this winter, the main part, 24.200 MT, were
sold for meal&oil purposes. The buyers are to be found both in
Norway, Denmark, Ireland and Iceland. The prices were in the range
from NOK 1,87 - 2,02. Two catches, 850 MT altogether, were sold for
consumption purposes in Killybegs. The prices were in the range
from NOK 2,05 - 2,10.
Following less blue whiting to be found west of the 200 n.m., an
increasing number of vessels will concentrate on fishing in the EU
zone during the forthcoming week.
Capelin in the Barents Sea
Stormy weather during the first part of the week hampered
the catching of capelin in the Barents Sea. Still we got the best
week this season amounting to 13.400 MT. Of this quantity 9.700 MT
were sold for consumption purposes and 3.700 MT for reduction.
The activity has been performed in two different areas. One main
area between the Lopphavet and Fugløybanken, in addition to an area
northeast of Sørøya Island. The capelin in the western part was
most suitable for consumption purposes, - actually to produce roe
as the component of mature females with roe was about 50 %. Further
east the catches consist of a higher percentage of male capelin and
thus less suitable for consumption.
The prices for consumption purposes have varied from NOK 2,21 in
the low end to close to NOK 3,50 in the higher. The week's average
price was NOK 2,64. For reduction purposes the prices are from
minimum price NOK 1,64 to 1,70 at the highest.
Still 23.100 MT remain of this year's quota - and another week
with good conditions and availability is needed if the total quota
shall be fulfilled prior to Easter.
Last week some vessels have been chasing the horse
mackerel in fjords from Sogn to Rogaland County. Four vessels have
reported 83 MT of horse mackerel by good size keeping an average of
All catches were sold to Skude Fryseri at Karmøy Island to
prices in the range from NOK 6,50 - 8,00.