The course of fisheries as per week 9/2019

Published: by Jarle A. Hansen

This season’s best week for blue whiting, - herring fisheries is coming to an end for the season.

Atlanto Scandic herring
As expected, we got this winter’s lowest volume for herring last week; just 3 500 MT. This was shared on 16 catches in the range from 30 – 650 MT.
The weather has in periods been hampering the operations, and the fleet had then difficulties by following the herring as fishing was not been continuous.
By the start of the week, the vessels were mainly at “Buagrunnen”, while up against last weekend, the herring also was found at “Haltenbanken”, where some good hauls were made.
During the weekend, the vessels have been operating at different areas - and with different qualities, as some herring is still with roe, while others have been spawning already, - which is quite normal at this time of the year.
So far, close to 166 000 MT have been registered of a total quota set to some 430 000 MT. Thus, some 264 000 MT remain for the autumn season - if we disregard the “flex”.
We expect less vessels to operate in the forthcoming week, and the herring will mostly likely be without roe, – or very close to spawn.

Blue whiting
Last week came out as the best week so far for blue whiting with as much as 56 500 MT registered. This was catches shared on 33 vessels. The best results were seen by early week when also the weather was good. More than 30 000 MT was caught after just two days.
The operations have been carried out in several fields from 50⁰ N in international zone to 52⁰ 30’ N in EU waters; - more than 150 n.m. In periods the fishing has been quite good as vessels have been able to load in a short time with few and short hauls.
Of last week’s volume, as much as 33 100 MT were caught in international waters, - the remaining, - 23 400 MT; in EU waters.
The market for blue whiting is good, and as there has been no capelin this year, - and less sand eel quotas inside EU, the prices have increased. The catches have as a rule been sold to Norwegian plants, but a few vessels have been delivering in Denmark and Iceland. In Norway the waiting time has been as much as a couple of days at the most.
In the forthcoming week, all vessels having delivered, again will be heading west. In addition, some more vessels will join, and hopefully the weather will be good, giving more vessels the opportunity to get their catches.

Barents Sea capelin
This year there will be a survey of spawning fields in the Barents Sea. “Vendla” left Tromsø on Sunday. The industry has asked for more than the effort made by one vessel, and accordingly it has been agreed in cooperation with IMR, to organize a watch vessel prior to the survey itself. Norges Sildesalgslag is assisting at the economical side.
“Rødholmen” has since Thursday last week, been crossing an area from Andfjorden in southwest and further northeast. In the early hours of Sunday, they registered capelin at the “Ingøy dept” just north of the Goliat Platform. On Sunday night, the vessel was north of Hjelmsøy Island heading towards the east part of Finnmark County.

Horse mackerel
Along the coast of Rogaland to Sogn, it has been registered some 100 MT of horse mackerel shared on nine catches. This was good sized fish; 440 -500 g.
The catches were delivered in Florø and Skudesnes at the west coast.

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