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.
Records of mackerel observed in the Norwegian Sea.
Even if the vessels some days were hampered by strong winds, there was registered a weekly volume of 49.000 MT. The main part of this volume was taken during three days; 13.000 MT on Monday, 11.000 MT on Tuesday, and as much as 15.400 MT on Sunday. This came out as the very best "mackerel day" this season and 47 vessels contributed.
This extraordinary fishing is contradictory to the scientists' advice of reducing quotas in the year to come. From the catching areas it is reported huge quantities where the challenge in fact is to find suitable "spots" to launch the seine! Some vessels have been sailing all day unable to make a catch for this reason.
The catching has been performed in the same areas as previously this season; in southern part of the Norwegian Sea, some 160 n.m. northwest of Møre. There has never before been observed catching this late in the autumn in this area. Normally the catching is being performed in the North Sea between Shetland and Norway this time of the year.
The size varied from 365 g in the low end to 450 g in the
higher. The week gave as an average; 402 g.
Even if we observed big daily volumes last week, the sales are good and buyers along the coast from Egersund in the south to the island of Værøy in the north produced premium mackerel to selective customers worldwide. The buyers have to be honored for working 24 hrs. producing more 170.000 MT in less than one month.
High volumes being caught, leads to reduction for what is left on this year's quota. Of the total quota of 250.631 MT (incl. the flex. part), just 63.000 MT remain. If we assume that the vessels take their flex. quota at the same level as last year, some 50.000 MT will be caught by Nw vessels in the period to come.
North Sea herring
In addition to some penned-in catches and some by-catches when trawling, three vessels have caught 590 MT of herring in the Skagerrak. These catches were sold for meal and oil purposes in Denmark and Norway.
Of the "Skagerrak quota" some 300 MT still remain.
Blue whiting, Norway pout and ocean spat
Along the edge of the Egersund Bank and further north, some 2.200 MT of Norway pout, 750 MT of blue whiting and 190 MT of horse mackerel have been caught.
From one Swedish and one Danish vessel 1.900 MT of ocean sprat were registered in the southern part of the North Sea. Again the catches were sold for meal/oil purposes in Norway and Denmark.
In the Sogne Fjord there was registered just 35 MT of coastal sprat (for canning) last week. Further south, in the Hardanger Fjord, the activity was fairly low.
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.