The course of fisheries as per week 41/2018
Finally, a good week for mackerel, giving 52.000 MT with a value of more than 730 million NOK.
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.
Unusual little of mackerel last week. Better for the North Sea herring – and some sprat and horse mackerel.
Better for the North Sea herring, some horse mackerel for consumption. Still scares of coastal mackerel and “Svanaug Elise” is heading for the Norwegian Sea.
New prices from September 3th 2018
Still difficult conditions for the North Sea herring, - though, the best week so far with more than 20.000 MT registered.
The North Sea herring is still widespread, – and miserable weather condition for the mackerel up north.
An even week for the North Sea herring, a little better for mackerel up north, - and the sand eel season is over.