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.
The fleet looking for blue whiting is operating southwest of St. Kilda.
Another good week when it comes to blue whiting; 42.200 MT registered as a total. The volume came from 25 Norwegian vessels - and one Faroese.
The activities started early in the week off the Porcupine Bank. The catching has been somewhat uneven with good hauls - then next to nothing in just a short while. This led vessels to go to the areas north of the "Irish Box" at a level corresponding to the southern peak of the Hebrides. The first catch from this area was reported by the vessel "Endre Dyrhøy" on Saturday, and during the weekend all Norwegian vessels have been operating in this area. It is expected improvement in catching as normally the blue whiting will migrate into this area from southwest.
The catches last week were sold for reduction purposes both in Norway and Denmark. The prices are still at a high level.
In the forthcoming week lower volumes are foreseen. In addition to several vessels having finished, some vessels now prefer Easter holydays before again heading west to the fields southwest of St. Kilda.
From the south part of Hordaland County and into Rogaland, three vessels have taken 135 MT of horse mackerel for consumption purposes.
In addition the very first registration of mackerel was a fact, 3 MT from Vindafjord in Rogaland County.
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.