New prices relative to raw material for meal and oil purposes
Prices relative to raw material for meal and oil purposes as from April 30 2018
A low volume of sand eel last week, caused by stop in operations, - and – this season’s very first catch of North Sea herring registered.
Just 6.500 MT of sand eel were registered last week. Of this quantity 2.400 MT came from one Swedish and one Danish vessel. The reason behind such a low volume is that Norges Sildesalgslag on Wednesday stopped the catching of sand eel for reduction purposes. This stop was introduced as the sales situation for sand eel meant for meal and oil purposes was confusing, following the fact that the Norwegians buyer’s organization terminated the underlying agreement on Sunday 7th of May. Of last week’s volume, some 800 MT were sold for consumption purposes to Global/Egersund. A few buyers have indicated their limited interest for raw material for this purpose.
The catches taken by Nowegian vessels were caught at the West Bank. Today; 15th of May, a new advice is expected from the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) relative to sand eel. The fishermen are optimistic and hope for an increased quota. Of the original quota of 50.000 MT, some 10.000 MT remain. Of single vessels, seven vessels still have more than 500 MT left.
Today there will be a meeting between Norges Sildesalgslag and Sjømat Norge (buyer’s organization) in which the sales situation is the main topic. Hopefully the sales situation shortly will normalize, enabling vessels to resume their operations.
North Sea Herring
In addition to some smaller catches from Vågsøy Island in Sogn, “Svebas” has been in the area near Oseberg catching herring. On Friday, some 300 MT were registered having an average size of 159 g.
It has been a cool spring both in the air and in the sea. Thus, the fat content is still low. Analyses show that filets contained just 7 % fat, significantly lower than last year.
Another challenge is the amount of mixed-in mackerel. Following that catching of saithe along the coast also has observed unusual high levels of mixed-in mackerel, it is now also observed mackerel mingling in with the herring. Hopefully it will not be a severe problem in the forthcoming season.
Several vessels now report they are preparing for the herring.
Along the coast of Rogaland and Hordaland counties, the coastal fleet has penned-in some 30 MT of mackerel. This is fish being sold as fresh catch.
Sunny weather and more summerlike temperatures will have a positive effect on both fishing - and markets.
Blue whiting/Norway pout
From the “Edge” west of Karmøy Island, 700 MT of blue whiting were caught, and some 300 MT of Norway pout. The catches were delivered for reduction purposes in Egersund, mainly from vessels operating “combined”, i.e. also catching white fish.
It has been a change in the fishmeal indicator of -2,69 %, the factor between fishoil and rapeoil is reducedfrom 66 to 59, and the oil-indicator is -9,32 %. There will consequently be changes in the minimum prices of raw material for fishmeal and -oil purpose. The new minimum prices for raw material used for fishmeal and -oil apply from 02.04. 2018.
The catching of capelin in the Barents Sea is now terminated, but it was another splendid week for blue whiting.
Pelagia is established in Skagen, Denmark, producing marinated herring.
This season’s best week for blue whiting – and the capelin quota, close to be taken.
On April 3, 2018, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) will introduce new booking regulations for ordering marine pilots. The regulations will thus be formalized and merged into one set ? Regulations on Compulsory Pilotage.
The season for capelin in the Barents Sea towards an end, but still high activity for blue whiting – if weather is cooperative.