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 North Sea herring season has started, while the sandeel season is over. Also some activity for penned-in mackerel at the west coast.
North Sea herring
On Thursday we got this season's first registrations of North Sea herring. The vessel "Sjøglans" got a catch of 280 MT taken just north of Oseberg. The following day there were two more catches from the same area, and in addition one of the vessels also had a catch taken further south. - The grand total last week reached 1.940 MT.
The herring taken in the vicinity of Oseberg was sized from 170-185 g with an average of 177 g. The herring taken further south, grid 0811 (Scottish Klondyke) and grid 0813, had an average of 144 g.
By Sunday night buyers were ready both in Denmark and in Norway. From buyers receiving the herring, it is reported that the herring is of goo quality and significantly more fatty than last year. There is observed some stomach content in the herring, which can be challenging especially for the smaller sized fish. On Saturday there were no vessels at the field, on Sunday however, some ten vessels were in operation. New info tells of no observations right now.
Even if the herring being caught now is not yet of the conditions to be defined as matjes herring, it is a certain optimism of matjes season soon to start. The "Matjes hall" in Egersund is ready from the end of next week in case some vessels prefer to display their catches for possible matjes acceptance.
In the forthcoming week high activity is expected and hopefully good catches. The buyers are ready!
Last week the last catches of sandeel were taken and the season is by this in fact over. The accumulated volume was 7.300 MT shared on 10 catches.
Other industrial fishing
Of other species registered by trawlers operating at the edge, we have 750 MT of Norway pout and 170 MT of other species. Most vessels, if not everyone, have got their catches in combination with white fish.
Operations along the coast
Coastal operations in the southern part of Norway are reporting 70 MT of penned-in mackerel for fresh sale. So far the demand had s been moderate, but will hopefully improve. The mackerel has a weight varying between 300 - 500 g.
Further north it is still too early in the season for mackerel. Last year the first catch up north was registered on June the 3rd. - Also here the buyers are ready.
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.