The course of Fisheries as per week 16/2017
The sand eel season has started, while for the blue whiting fisheries west of St. Kilda, there are just small quotas left for the vessels.
Another week with a high volume of blue whiting, - the best this season
Some 61.000 MT of blue whiting were registered last week, representing the best week this season when it comes to volumes.
The operations have been performed at three different places; 25.310 MT caught at Porcupine, 18.350 MT taken south of St. Kilda and 17.420 MT in a field situated some 150 n.m. southwest of the St Kilda area.
The high activity led to some waiting in Norway also last week. The last catches being sold at the auction, will not be unloaded until Thursday; nearly 72 hrs. of waiting.
In addition to plants in Norway producing as mush as they’re able to, catches have also been sold to Denmark and Iceland, and some catches have also been landed in Killybegs.
In the forthcoming week, high activity is still expected, and even if a dozen vessels now have fulfilled their quotas, there are still quotas left for others. The remaining quota is still close to 18.500 MT, flex. part included. The signals received from plants in Norway, indicate that most of them will stay open producing during the week leading up to Easter.
Of other fisheries, it was registered just 50 MT of horse mackerel, last week. These were catches taken in communities in Hordaland county, being delivered at Skude.
55.000 MT of blue whiting last week
The blue whiting fisheries in the Atlantic at full speed.
Blue whiting fisheries west of Ireland well started, whilst the capelin fisheries near Iceland is over. – The same goes for Atlanto Scandic herring.
Very good week for capelin near Iceland. Moderate activity for herring at Møre.
Capelin catches near Iceland fairly good but weather dependent, - the very first catch of blue whiting this season, - first catches of Atlanto Scandic herring at “Buagrunnen” - and still some mackerel delivered by foreign vessels.
The Atlanto Scandic herring is on its move southwards. Good sized capelin at Iceland.