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 blue whiting fisheries in the Atlantic at full speed.
It is all about blue whiting in the pelagic fisheries now. Last week became a peak week with a total amounting to 56.600 MT. This volume was shared on 33 different vessels giving an average of 1.700 MT.
By the beginning of the week, the fleet was hampered by stormy weather. However, during a period with better conditions, the fishing was very good, and the vessels were filled quickly and by short hauls. It was said single hauls came close to 900 MT.
It was quite special last week that the activity was over a huge area - in both international waters and EU waters. In the southern end operations were at 50̊ N, while in the north end it was close to 54̊ 15’ N. If we compare this area to the North Sea, it corresponds to an area equal to the entire west coast of Norway.
All catches were sold to indirect consumption, i.e. reduction purposes. The buyers were both Norwegian and Danish plants. The prices are though significantly lower than last year when the average throughout the year came out with NOK 2,74. The main reasons are a general fall in the global markets and the quota situation in the Atlantic.
Buyers in Killybegs have shown their interest for blue whiting for consumption purposes, but the size has been too small. Hopefully the vessels will find more attractive sizes later this season.
In the forthcoming week, we expect more vessels to take part and hopefully the weather may improve west in the Atlantic.
Last week again, the vessels “Solfisk”, “Øyasund” and “Joton” have been into the fjords of west Norway looking for horse mackerel. As a total these three vessels got 170 MT of this popular species. The activity has been in the communities of Etne, Kvinnherad and Tysvær. As usual the fish was good sized; from 380 -550 g.
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.