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.
Fairly good for the Atlanto Scandic herring, but limited volumes - mainly smaller vessels taking part. Some North Sea herring, - activities hampered by weather last part of the week. Still some mackerel from foreign vessels, - and closing for further catching of Norway pout in the EU zone.
Atlanto Scandic herring
Last week 12.300 MT of Atlanto Scandic herring were registered, significantly less than the week before. Mainly smaller costal vessels were taking part - some of them with just modest quotas.
From open sea operations 2.700 MT were registered. 900 MT from the Norwegian Sea; 66-67° N and 3-5°E and 1.700 MT caught at fields in Troms County. Among these vessels there is just one with some quota left. The coastal fleet had good results in northern Troms, from the Kaldfjord and further north to Karlsøy Island. Reports are telling that so far there is not much herring observed inside the Kaldfjord, but further north. The size is stable; 350-370 g as an average, the same as herring being caught in the Norwegian Sea.
In the forthcoming week high activity is expected, but as we saw last week, mainly by smaller vessels. The market is good and deliveries are as a main rule made in Troms.
North Sea herring
Last week close to 5.900 MT were registered. The size varies from 150 to 205 g, and operations were carried out both in the EU- and the Norwegian zone; 2.500 MT taken in the EU zone and 3.500 MT in the Noregian. The grids were; 42-33/34 and 08-53.
All catches were landed in Norway. By the end of the week the operations were hampered by weather, but during the weekend the operations were resumed. On Friday the admittance in the EU zone was increased to 60.000 MT.
Last week some 9.500 MT were registered. Of this quantity Nw vessels caught 2.100 MT and foreign vessels 7.400 MT. The catching has been performed in different grids southwest of Shetland and east of the Orkneys. The size varies from 312 to 405 g There is just a few Norwegian vessels with still some quota left.
Some 3.400 MT were landed last week, the major part being Norway pout from the EU zone. On Friday this catching was stopped and some vessels then moved east to the edge to continue their activity.
5 - 6 vessels have been chasing the horse mackerel, but with no success. The fleet reports so far no "catchable" conditions.
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.