The course of fisheries as per week 40/2018
Another week with moderate mackerel catches, but the very first catch of Atlanto Scandic herring in the south part of the Norwegian Sea, was taken.
The quota status is approaching the 2016 limit for most species, - thus there is less activity now towards the end of the year, but still some registrations are made.
Atlanto Scandic herring
Another week with modest volumes; - altogether 5.200 MT of Atlanto Scandic herring registered. Mainly the herring was taken by the coastal fleet and the operations were carried out up north in the Troms fjords. Two purse seiners have been in operation delivering 1.100 MT, one taken the catch in the Norwegian Sea, 140 n.m. west off Vesterålen. The size is somewhat smaller than herring caught closer to shore; 311 and 326 g. In the Troms fjords the average size was 364 g. - Further south, in the northern part of Trøndelag County the size was even smaller; between 200 and 230 g.
In the forthcoming week there probably will be still some activity in the Troms fjords, - and maybe to some extent in Trøndelag as well.
North Sea herring
1.830 MT of North Sea herring were registered last week. Some 1.800 MT were taken by high sea vessels in the EU zone southeast of Sumburgh Head, grid 42-42, and also a smaller volume in the area of Bressay Ground, grid 42-53.
The size varied from 157 - 170 g, and the herring was sold to both Danish and Norwegian buyers. Still there are some vessels having quota left, however for most vessels there is nothing left to catch in EU waters. Hopefully some herring might migrate across the border line in days to come, ensuring quotas to be caught.
Along the coast some catches have been penned-in. The average size was 320 g.
In addition a few metric tons were registered as bycatch in the Oslo Fjord.
80 MT of big sized sprat were registered last week. - Again fishing was performed in the Oslo Fjord, grid 0920. - The size was 43-44 pcs/kg and the sprat was sold to a buyer in Sweden.
Close to 500 MT concluded the volume of species meant for indirect consumption. 330 MT was Norway pout, mainly caught in EU waters and 140 MT of blue whiting. 15 MT of horse mackerel and 10 MT of silver smelt were taken on Norwegian waters
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.
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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.
Last week: The North Sea herring widespread, and the very first catch of mackerel in the north.