The course of fishery as per week 38/2017
In periods, high activity for the mackerel, some North Sea herring, - for indirect consumption normal activity, - and a main part of the coastal sprat quota taken in the Sognefjord.
Blue whiting fisheries in the EU zone is what calls attention.
Last week came out with some lower volume than what we have seen over the two previous weeks; 41.700 MT. The volume was shared on 27 vessels with catches from 400 to 2.400 MT.
All catches were taken in the EU zone west of Ireland. By beginning of the week, the activity took place northwest of the Porcupine, while during the weekend, the operations have been from the edge at the northern side of the bank and further north some 100 n.m. as far as to 55° 30’N. A number of vessels have also passed the area southwest of St. Kilda, but so far observations have not yet led to any fishing here. The blue whiting is now on its move northwest and this normally indicates a more uneven catching off Ireland. Where the fishermen earlier got easily filled up, now it is far less in the hauls and they are longer.
All catches have been sold to meal&oil purposes to factories both in Norway, Denmark and the Faroe isles. Even if the volumes are lower, there is still some waiting before unloading, up to 24 hrs. Buyers in Killybegs are reporting they are still interested in blue whiting for consumptions purposes. They also tell that fish by size of just 100 g is of interest. Hopefully some vessels will catch this opportunity.
Looking at the quotas, we now see that 182.000 MT of a total quota amounting to 411.000 MT now have been caught. Some vessels have already taken their quotas, but new vessels are joining, thus there is still expected high activity in the forthcoming weeks.
The vessels “Øyatun” and “Joton” have also last week been chasing the horse mackerel in the fjords of western Norway. 40 MT of horse mackerel by good size have been the result from the community of Kvinnherrad.
Norges Sildesalgslag is reducing the fee for transactions of fresh fish trough the organization from 0,75% to 0,65% effective from July 1st, 2017
Less North Sea herring - and still no mackerel up north.
Another good week for North Sea herring fisheries, less mackerel penned-in in southern areas, and still no mackerel observed up north.
There will be an reduction in prices for raw materiale for fishmeal and fishoil from 19th of June 2017.
The sand eel quota is taken, - the best week this season for North Sea herring, - and still no mackerel up north.
High “speed” in North Sea herring fisheries, and another good week for sand eel.