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 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.
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.