The course of the fisheries as per week 41/2019

Published: by Camilla Klævold

Yet another good week for mackerel fishing, more vessels have also started the search for Norwegian Spring-Spawning Herring


A total of 38.000 MT of mackerel was reported in the catch journal last week. The purse seiners have caught 27.000 MT, the coastal fleet (big and large) 9.900 MT, trawl 750 MT and a Danish vessel reported 550 MT.

The largest purse seiners have caught the mackerel in the EU waters, east of the Orkney Islands, and the fishermen report of periodically large amounts of mackerel in this area. With a fishery in this area it can be problematic for the smaller coastal vessels to cross the North Sea and many of them have therefore chosen to land their catches in either Shetland or in Peterhead.

The demand for mackerel caught by seine is still high and the prices in the auction have reached an all-time high. And with mackerel as the largest contributor we have had a turn over of formidable 1.48 billion NOK, which gives us an average of a 100 million NOK a day.

The average size of the mackerel the past week has been around 433 grams. There is still a small amount of mackerel under 250 gram in the catches, but only a few percent.

Regard the quotas, we have now caught 131.000 MT of this year’s quota of 152.811 MT. More than 50 purse seiners and some of the costal vessels have finished the fishery. Due to the high prices a lot of the vessels are also fishing their flex quota this year.

Based on the quota situation, we are expecting a notably lower activity on mackerel from Norwegian vessels. We are also expecting that foreign trawlers will wait longer before they start the fishery.


Norwegian Spring-Spawning Herring

Vessels who have finished the mackerel fishery have shifted their focus onto the Norwegian Spring-Spawning Herring. Last week a total of 10.600 MT was reported in the catch journal.

The majority, 8.600 MT, has been caught in the Norwegian Sea, while the rest has been caught on the fishing grounds outside of Tromsø and in Kvænangen.

The vessels have searched a large area of the Norwegian Sea, but on wednesday M/S Ligrunn found herring in international waters south of N 68⁰. Throughout the week the fishery has taken place further south, and one catch was also caught in Norwegian waters at N 66⁰.

The herring from this area is large with an average weight of 380 – 418 grams and over 90% of the catches consist of herring from group 1 (>350 g).

The size of the herring on the fishing grounds outside of Tromsø is expected to be smaller and it also varies more in size. The herring has been measured to an average of 185 g on its lowest to 256 g on the highest. The smallest herring is most likely from 2016 and is expected to be more prominent in the fisheries forward. The herring from Kvænangen averages around 218 g and is most likely from 2013.


North Sea Herring

Three catches totaling in on 330 MT was caught last week, in the Norwegian zone south-east of Oseberg. The quality of the North Sea herring from this area is good, and the sizes averages around 225-239 g.

A few vessels have quotas left in the Norwegian zone and we are therefore expecting that some of them will focus on this fishery throughout the fall.


Costal Sprat

Two vessels are currently fishing for coastal sprat and caught a total quantum of 125 MT last week. The catches were caught in Matrefjorden in Sunnhordaland.

We are hoping that the fishery will continue to evolve here and that more fjords will open for fisheries in the end of October.


Fish meal and fish oil

Only a couple of vessels are fishing for Norway Pout and combined fishery in EU waters and on “Kanten”.

It has been reported five catches of Norway Pout with a total volume of 840 MT, 135 MT of Horse Mackerel and 130 MT of power herring.

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