The course of fisheries as per week 2/2018
The second week of the year; - not the busiest in pelagic, and by the end of the week, harsh weather forced the fleet to port.
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.
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.
When weather conditions were not too severe last week; good results for Atlanto Scandic herring, - an increasing number of vessels into the North Sea herring fisheries, giving a better result, - and still some mackerel.