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.
The blue whiting fisheries in the Atlantic at full speed.
It is all about blue whiting in the pelagic fisheries now. Last week became a peak week with a total amounting to 56.600 MT. This volume was shared on 33 different vessels giving an average of 1.700 MT.
By the beginning of the week, the fleet was hampered by stormy weather. However, during a period with better conditions, the fishing was very good, and the vessels were filled quickly and by short hauls. It was said single hauls came close to 900 MT.
It was quite special last week that the activity was over a huge area - in both international waters and EU waters. In the southern end operations were at 50̊ N, while in the north end it was close to 54̊ 15’ N. If we compare this area to the North Sea, it corresponds to an area equal to the entire west coast of Norway.
All catches were sold to indirect consumption, i.e. reduction purposes. The buyers were both Norwegian and Danish plants. The prices are though significantly lower than last year when the average throughout the year came out with NOK 2,74. The main reasons are a general fall in the global markets and the quota situation in the Atlantic.
Buyers in Killybegs have shown their interest for blue whiting for consumption purposes, but the size has been too small. Hopefully the vessels will find more attractive sizes later this season.
In the forthcoming week, we expect more vessels to take part and hopefully the weather may improve west in the Atlantic.
Last week again, the vessels “Solfisk”, “Øyasund” and “Joton” have been into the fjords of west Norway looking for horse mackerel. As a total these three vessels got 170 MT of this popular species. The activity has been in the communities of Etne, Kvinnherad and Tysvær. As usual the fish was good sized; from 380 -550 g.
Blue whiting fisheries in the EU zone is what calls attention.
55.000 MT of blue whiting last week
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.