The course of fisheries as per week 38/2018

Published: by Jarle A. Hansen

A week dominated by harsh weather.

Mackerel
Low activity last week due to harsh weather. This is clearly shown when looking at what has been registered. Just 1.700 MT were registered, being av very modest volume, considered the season we are in. Looking back on the two last years for comparison, week 38 had 52.000 MT in 2016 and 46.000 MT in 2017.
By the beginning of the week, a couple of vessels were as far north as 67⁰ N and as far west as 2-3⁰ E, just west of Skomvær. Fish was observed, but the vessels left the field due to the uncertain weather forecast.
Further south, in Norwegian waters by the south peak of the Loop Sea, mackerel was observed, and in this area some catches were taken. Afterwards, the fleet moved south east, and on Sunday, some ten vessels were gathered in an area 120 n.m northwest of Stadt.
The mackerel caught last week had an average size of 399 - 433 g, somewhat smaller than previously caught in the Loop Sea. On the other hand, there has been no problems linked to stomach content.
Also along the coast, weather conditions have been hampering activities. 70 MT were registered, of which 30 MT have been sold as fresh catch. The catches have been taken in different areas from Volda in the north to Strand in the south part of Norway.

North Sea herring
Neither when it comes to North Sea herring, the volumes reported were impressive; 4.200 MT of which 1.700 MT were delivered by foreign vessels. The Norwegian vessels have caught 2.200 MT for consumption purposes and 300 MT for meal&oil.
What has been delivered for indirect consumption has mainly been bi-catches linked to other industrial catching. Two of the foreign catches were taken close to the Orkneys, where the herring has a size of 230-240 g. One catch was taken in the area of North East Bank some 60-70 n.m. northeast of Newcastle. The fish is smaller, 195 g as an average. Of the Norwegian catches sold for consumption, some has been caught in Norwegian waters west and northwest of Sleipner, along the borderline to EU, and some was taken in EU waters, Fladen and some further east towards the Norwegian zone. Average size; 170 -220 g. There has also been a catch near Larvik in the Oslo Fjord. This catch came out with 110 MT, size 185 g.

Horse mackerel
250 MT of horse mackerel were caught and delivered for consumption purposes last week. This was shared on three catches with size 350 g as an average. In addition, some 110 MT were delivered as bi-catch by industrial trawlers.

Indirect consumption
Of other species being caught for indirect consumption, 500 MT of ocean sprat, 1.070 MT of Norway pot (940 MT in the EU zone), 350 MT of blue whiting from the “Edge”, and some 1100 MT of argentine/silver pout, have been reported. The vessels operating at the “Edge” caught 870 MT of blue whiting, 300 MT of Norway pout, 250 MT of argentine and 50 MT of silvery pout.

Coastal sprat
As some will know, the coastal sprat season started in Hardanger (fjord area) last week. So far three catches have been registered aggregating 55 MT. The catches have been penned-in in Eidfjord. The analyses prove a fat content of 9 - 9,6 %.

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