The course of fisheries as per week 45/2018
Good weather in the Norwegian Sea resulted in this year’s best herring week, - and the good news; sprat catching in the Trondheim Fjord.
Finally, good results for the sand eel – and the very first catch of North Sea herring.
Following a slow start, the catching of sand eel improved significantly last week. 20 vessels caught 17.400 MT. Some of these vessels have contributed twice. Summer and higher temperatures have had a positive impact, and during the weekend, daily catches for the best vessels exceeded 500 MT. This represents very good results and we shall hope it continues in days to come.
Of last week’s volume, 450 MT were sold for consumption purposes, while the remaining part was sold to meal&oil buyers in Norway.
The operations have mainly taken place in the north at the Klondike Bank and East Bank. We must look back several years to find this high activity for sand eel at the East Bank. Fishermen having a good memory, talk about the end of the 90’s to find a similar activity here.
Following these high weekly volumes, we also see that the quotas are rapidly being reduced from 70.000 MT. As a total, 25.000 MT so far have been caught. This is more than 1/3 of the total quota.
In the forthcoming week we expect to receive the final quota advice based on the sand eel survey being terminated at the Viking Bank on Sunday.
North Sea herring
Sunday night we got this season’s very first catch of North Sea herring - by “Radek”; 250 MT. The catch was taken south of Heimdal, and the average size was 155 g.
The catch was taken in one single sweep, which is very promising this early in the season.
We expect more vessels to head for the North Sea in the forthcoming week, especially after the 17th of May (Nation’s Day). Having a higher quota this year, we hope for good availability in Norwegian waters, - and herring of suitable size for fileting.
Totally, 7.000 MT were registered last week. Of this volume, two Faroese vessels contributed with as much as 5.000 MT, taken in Faroese zone. From Norwegian vessels, we got 1.250 MT also taken in Faroese waters, plus 750 MT from the edge in combined white fish catching.
Last week, 50 MT of horse mackerel were registered, - with just 18 MT sold for consumption purposes. The remaining part was taken by vessels trawling along the edge.
Still a lot of mackerel at Shetland, and this season’s best week for herring in the Norwegian Sea.
Another week with lots of mackerel, and a good week for Atlanto Scandic herring - for those participating.
Finally, a good week for mackerel, giving 52.000 MT with a value of more than 730 million NOK.
Another week with moderate mackerel catches, but the very first catch of Atlanto Scandic herring in the south part of the Norwegian Sea, was taken.
Better for the mackerel, but still weather hindrances.
A week dominated by harsh weather.