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.
Still good catching of blue whiting - both for Norwegian and Faroese vessels.
In pelagic fisheries it is all about blue whiting these days. Last week was the second best this season totalling 49.000 MT. Of this quantity Faroese vessels have contributed with 10.000 MT, while the remaining part was caught by 25 Norwegian vessels.
The catching has been good as long as the weather cooperates. If a vessel hits a "dense spot", the vessel will be filling the trawl in just a few minutes. Most catches were taken in the EU zone, at the outskirts of the well-known Porcupine Bank, west of Ireland.
The Faroese vessels have mostly been operating in their own zone in an area between the Faroes and Shetland. Here the blue whiting is more wide spread and the catching gives 3-500 MT after some 18 hrs trawling.
Last week's catches were sold for meal&oil purposes in Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Ireland. As previously this season the prices are at a high level.
50% of this year's quota is now close to have been taken; 148.000 MT of 300.950 MT being the maximum. Nine vessels have already reached their limit.
In the forthcoming week high activity is still expected.
From the outer part of the Oslo Fjord, the vessel "Ternholmskjær" has taken two catches totalling 52 MT of herring. The size was close to 165 g and the catches were landed in Denmark.
From the western coast, between Tysvær and Tysnes, 43 MT of horse mackerel were registered last week.
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.