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 mackerel season towards an end
The mackerel season is going towards an end despite close to 5.000 MT registered last week. The main part was reported by foreign vessels; 4.850 MT, caught in an area south and west of Shetland.
North Sea herring
As the allowed quota in EU waters was expected to be fulfilled, there was a halt in operations. But as an extended permisson was granted, operations reassumed in areas south and east of Shetland. Last week's volumes accumulated to 9.212 MT, mainly taken by Nw purse seiners. The size of the herring varied from 138 -210 g, without any specific indication of area/size.
Atlanto Scandic herring
Following some difficulties caused by weather in the beginning of the week, - and closed areas up north, the operations reassumed on Thursday. Apart from three catches by purse seiners (2080 MT) and one Russian freezing vessel's contribution (327 MT), it was the coastal fleet which dominated deliveries by 7.500 MT. Catches from Trøndelag proved a weight in the range from 200-230 g, - for purse seiners in the Norwegian Sea; 330-340 g, and in the Tromsø area; 290 -381 g.
A catch of sprat taken in the Oslo Fjord (27 MT) was delivered in Sweden.
Two trawlers with different industrial species, reported altogether some 400 MT.
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.