The course of fisheries as per week 16/2018
The season has started for sand eel, - when it comes to blue whiting; just a few trawlers still in operation.
More than 37.000 MT of Atlanto Scandic herring last week - and some ocean sprat for consumption purposes.
Atlanto Scandic herring
As a total, 96 catches were registered last week totaling 37.102 MT. 49 catches amounting to 29.360 MT were in the size range from 330 - 390 g, caught in the Loop Sea where operations in periods were hampered by the weather. From the field at Kvænangen and northern part of Troms County, 33 catches were taken amounting to 7.269 MT. At the coast of Trøndelag County it has been taken 5 catches totaling 138 MT, - weight from 215 -240 g.
The market for the smallest herring has been very limited, and as better sized herring is available, it has been more or less impossible to sell herring with a size at 220 g. Consequently, some catches have been delivered for indirect consumption at a price from NOK 2,60 – 2,70.
From a total last week of 8.818 MT, 5 foreign vessels contributed with 5.794 MT. The foreign vessels have been operating west of Shetland, while the Norwegian vessels kept their position east of Shetland in EU waters. The size has been in the range from 380 -390 g, with some single catches having mackerel at an average as high as 414 g – and down to 287 g.
North Sea herring
19 catches totaling 5.078 MT. The catches came mainly from two fields; one just east of Shetland, and another further south, near 59°30’N and 0°. From the former field, it was registered a lot of small mackerel being mixed-in. The size has varied from 130 – 180 g, - with 180 g dominating.
Two catches amounting to 855 MT registered for meal&oil purposes, and two catches totaling 1.050 MT were registered for consumption purposes, of which 400 MT had acceptable consumption quality. Three vessels are now heading for the field, - and there are quotas left for two more vessels.
5 catches of Norway pout, amounting to 580 MT - other species mixed-in, were the outcome last week when keeping apart some herring catches (some 1.400 MT) delivered for meal&oil purposes.
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.
A "marvelous" week for capelin in the Barents Sea, but stormy for the blue whiting vessels.