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.
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.
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.