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.
Blue whiting fisheries in the EU zone is what calls attention.
Last week came out with some lower volume than what we have seen over the two previous weeks; 41.700 MT. The volume was shared on 27 vessels with catches from 400 to 2.400 MT.
All catches were taken in the EU zone west of Ireland. By beginning of the week, the activity took place northwest of the Porcupine, while during the weekend, the operations have been from the edge at the northern side of the bank and further north some 100 n.m. as far as to 55° 30’N. A number of vessels have also passed the area southwest of St. Kilda, but so far observations have not yet led to any fishing here. The blue whiting is now on its move northwest and this normally indicates a more uneven catching off Ireland. Where the fishermen earlier got easily filled up, now it is far less in the hauls and they are longer.
All catches have been sold to meal&oil purposes to factories both in Norway, Denmark and the Faroe isles. Even if the volumes are lower, there is still some waiting before unloading, up to 24 hrs. Buyers in Killybegs are reporting they are still interested in blue whiting for consumptions purposes. They also tell that fish by size of just 100 g is of interest. Hopefully some vessels will catch this opportunity.
Looking at the quotas, we now see that 182.000 MT of a total quota amounting to 411.000 MT now have been caught. Some vessels have already taken their quotas, but new vessels are joining, thus there is still expected high activity in the forthcoming weeks.
The vessels “Øyatun” and “Joton” have also last week been chasing the horse mackerel in the fjords of western Norway. 40 MT of horse mackerel by good size have been the result from the community of Kvinnherrad.
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.