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.
Fishing operations 2-3 days hampered by weather. Still a fairly high volume has been registered of mackerel and herring last week.
Last week 26.200 MT of mackerel were registered. Most of it; 22.500 MT were registered from foreign vessels. The operations have been going on west of Shetland, - close to shore.
Norwegian North Sea trawlers have the last couple of days also started their catching of mackerel.
Atlanto Scandic herring
The catching of Atlanto Scandic herring has last week been performed in the Nw zone between 64°N and 65°30'N. The herring is still of good size with an average weight at 370 g. Last week 10.700 MT were registered.
The participation is increasing as several vessels now are joining.
North Sea herring
1.200 MT were registered last week. The catches have mainly been made in the EU zone close to "Fladen".
Blue whiting/Norway pout/ and other species
Of industrial species 2.800 MT were registered last week, of which 165 MT were horse mackerel and 824 MT blue whiting.
Several vessels are in fact now chasing the horse mackerel, but so far without any luck.
From Sogn (county) 30 MT were registered last week.
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.