Still good catches of herring up north, but
disappointing when it comes to ocean sprat in the North Sea. The
mackerel season has started among foreign vessels - and also some
North Sea herring was registered last week.
Atlanto Scandic herring
Some 34.000 MT were registered last week. Last Sunday
herring was observed in the Norwegian Sea west off Skomvær Island.
On Tuesday and Wednesday 7 catches were registered amounting to
2.100 MT. The observations were promising, but the position of the
herring was deep, making it difficult to catch by net or trawl.
Later in the week, the weather got worse, and the last vessel
leaving this area, reported the herring to be wide spread and
heading off shore. Again it was mainly in the area off Tromsø where
the catching was performed. Some good results were registered
despite some windy weather.
The herring has started its migration following the fact
of catches being taken outside Senja Island. Later during last
week, there were also catches in the Andfjorden area.
- But still it seems to be plenty more left in the Trømsø
district. Also off Vesterålen and north-northwest of Andenes,
vessels are no in operation. The first catch in this area was
reported on Wednesday. The fleet reports of herring being spread
over a huge area.
The size varies from 300 - 350 g, with an average at 334 g. The
size is much the same regardless what area it has been caught in.
The prices are tending down a bit, but are still fairly high.
As also reported a week ago, the expectations were high
when the season started for ocean sprat. So far it has, however,
been a great disappointment. Some 3.200 MT were registered
last week. When adding this to the 1.900 MT from the previous week,
5.200 MT now have been taken from the 20.000 MT total quota. If the
catching is not shortly improved, some 15.000 MT will remain to be
caught next autumn.
Foreign vessels' catching of mackerel has started, and 12.000 MT
were reported to be delivered in Norway. This volume is to be
divided on 10 different catches, every catch being taken northwest
of the Hebrides, grid 4263. The size varies from 340 - 391 g with
an average at 362 g.
North Sea herring
Two catches of North Sea herring were taken last week,
amounting to 540 MT. Both catches were caught in the Nw zone, in
the vicinity of Frigg and Heimdal, grid 0855. The size varies a
great deal; average from 116 -156 g. Both catches were sold to
Four vessels were last week heading for Skagerrak. So far no
herring has been observed, and two vessels have already decided to
leave the field.
One catch of horse mackerel (50 MT) was taken at Viking.
The average size was 377 g and the catching was made by
Otherwise, there has been a low activity for industrial species,
just 360 MT of Norway pout being registered.
In the forthcoming week, the catching of Atlanto Scandic herring
is still expected to be good, but as migration has started, the
catching areas will change in days to come.
It is also expected to be a good week for the foreign vessels
hunting mackerel. Perhaps also some catches are to be made by
Norwegian vessels as well?