The course of fisheries as per week 12/2019
Blue whiting fisheries good in periods, - some days very good, - others with nothing.
Busy for fishermen penning-in Atlanto Scandic herring in Kvænangen, - otherwise modest volumes last week
Atlanto Scandic herring
Following a significant lower participation by bigger vessels, last week’s volume was heavily reduced compared to the foregoing week; from 29 000 to 16 000 MT. Still, the fishing was good for those participating, especially in Kvænangen where most herring was penned-in. The sharing between different groups was two purse seiner catches altogether 2 070 MT with an average size; 375g. Both catches were taken 80 – 90 n.m. northwest of Skomvær. One trawler has taken 340 MT, also in the same area. Three coastal vessels have been registering some 600 MT. The average size was the same as for the purse seiners. At Kvænangen both smaller and bigger coastal vessels have been operating, and those vessels taking care of their catch onboard, had 6 900 MT. Vessels penning-in; 5 760 MT. Here the herring was smaller than in open sea with an average from 210 - 280g; a balanced average at 245g.
Apart from this, two catches have been taken at the coast of Trøndelag, altogether 80 MT, and from the Helgeland/Salten area, three catches of altogether 50 MT were taken. The entire volume was delivered for indirect consumption.
In the forthcoming week, we still expect some “pressure” at Kvænangen, but several vessels are now terminating, as there is no quota left. Some 40 000 MT remain, of which 15 000 MT is available from next year’s quota (“flex”).
North Sea herring
A small volume of North Sea herring last week, just 600 MT. Of this volume, 95 MT were taken on the Oslo Fjord, near Larvik, and delivered for consumption purposes in Denmark. The remaining part was taken in EU waters at Fladen, both as direct catch and by-catch. These catches were delivered for indirect consumption.
From a quota perspective, still some herring is left, for purse seiner some 28 600 MT. If we deduct what is at disposal by flex., the remaining part is some 16 000 MT. For individual vessels many will still have some quota left, most likely to be postponed until next year. The challenge is that for those having quota left, the herring has been best available in EU waters, where there is left just 3 000 MT.
Coastal sprat/Ocean sprat
30th of November was the deadline for vessels licensed to go for sprat. After this date, there is room for another vessel, and eight vessels are interested. The clue to get this license, is that the vessel to get it, must be part of the original listing and with the lowest numbering. “Krossøy” were licensed.
Thus, five vessels are now chasing ocean sprat, some for all their quota, for others, their remaining part. One vessel delivered 240 MT, then returned to the field. Last part of the week, the weather was a challenge, but on Saturday/Sunday conditions improved. On Sunday, just small volumes were caught.
At the coast, 40 MT have been taken in the Oslo Fjord, the size was 60 pcs/kg and the catch was delivered in Sweden.
In this fishery, just a tiny part is left. Three coastal vessels registered catches accumulating to 460 MT. All catches were taken near Shetland, one on the south side, and two at the southwest side.
No horse mackerel taken was last week by vessels in open sea. At the coast, some 80 MT were taken, shared on five catches. I addition a smaller volume, 15 MT has been taken as by-catch by a trawler at the “edge”. At the coast, the catches were taken from Møre and southwards to Vindafjord (Ryfylke/Rogaland).
Apart from what is mentioned above, 180 MT of blue whiting and 1 840 MT of Norway pout were caught for indirect consumption. The pout was mainly taken in EU waters where six vessels operated, while one vessel was at the “edge”.
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Towards the end of this winter’s season for herring, half of last week “blew away”. Also, the blue whiting fleet experienced lack of any “help” by weather last week.
During our board meeting February 20th the board discussed the unloading of catches for fishmeal and -oil purposes and concluded with the following:
The herring has arrived at Møre, - and the first vessel with blue whiting is heading for Egersund.