The course of fisheries as per week 3/2018
Not a bad week – despite the herring stays deep.
Also during last week the blue whiting was dominating both when it comes to volume and number of catches.
25 catches amounting to 27.250 MT was the result of last week's operations in line with what we have seen the two previous weeks. The catching is still mainly finding place west of St. Kilda along the edge 80 - 90 n.m. from the southernmost to the northernmost area where fishing is performed.
Just a few of the blue whiting trawlers have still some quota left, while pelagic and industrial trawlers are still having more quotas left.
Three vessels have been catching in an area close to "the edge" in the North Sea bringing about 200 MT of blue whiting combined with some catches of white fish. - In addition some other industrial species as 350 MT of Norway pout and 80 MT being a mix of horse mackerel, Norwegian silver herring and silver smelt (argentine) have been registered.
Four smaller penned-in catches of mackerel amounting to 6 MT were reported last week. The size was about 350 g and the fish was sold to the fresh fish markets.
Five catches of penned-in horse mackerel amounting 120 MT were also registered. The size of the fish; 450 g.
Apart from this; a quiet period for Norwegian pelagic catching.
Christmas coming up affects the activities. But some vessels fishing Atlanto Scandic herring is still in operation.
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.