The Norwegian capelin fishing season is at an end and more of the pelagic fleet turns their attention to the blue whiting fishery off Ireland

The Norwegian capelin fishing season is at an end and more of the pelagic fleet turns their attention to the blue whiting fishery off Ireland. Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag/Vikingbank

The Norwegian capelin fishing season is at an end whilst the pelagic fleet turns it’s attention to the blue whiting fishery off the west coast of Ireland, reports Roar Bjånesøy Communication and Strategy Manager with Norges Sildesalgslag.

Capelin

There are about 7 vessels left that have a quota left on Barentslodde where there are about 1,700 tonnes left. Bad weather this weekend has prevented fishing, last week Sildelaget had reported 13,800 tonnes against 17,600 tonnes the week before.

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“Tuesday-Wednesday the weather will be better and then we bet that the last vessels will fill up their quotas. Those who fished before the weekend have now mostly finished delivering, much has gone to roe pressing and there are reports of good quality of the capelin for it,” says sales manager Knut Halvor Møgster who expects that more of the capelin boats now set the course for the blue whiting fields.

Blue whiting

In the blue whiting field, there have been fewer vessels involved in week 11. The journal shows 8,150 tonnes registered from 7 vessels, 5 of which go for consumption in Killybegs. The fishing has taken place in the EU zone. A total quota this year of just over 200,000 tonnes means that most vessels take their quota on two trips. So far, 54,000 tonnes of the quota have been fished.

“Good weather conditions have been reported in the future, without those who have reported today, there are 9 vessels on the field and we expect even fishing in the future,” says Møgster.

Of other fisheries, around 50 tonnes of horse mackerel have been caught on the west coast, most in the area around Florø, but also 10 tonnes in the Bergen area. So far this year, more than 1,300 tonnes of horse mackerel have been fished.

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Capelin fishing ending as more Norwegian pelagic boats turn to blue whiting

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