The Norwegian pelagic fleet reported a good fishing for herring in the north but the best mackerel landings from foreign vessels in Week 43
The Norwegian pelagic fishing fleet reported a good fishing for herring in the north during Week 43 but according to Norges Sildesalgslag, the best of the mackerel landings came from foreign vessels.
On the mackerel fishing, Roar Bjånesøy of the organisation said, “It was a good start to the week for the smallest fleet that had reported 204 tonnes of mackerel between Bømlo and Sotra from nine vessels. This was also the last week we had the tank vessel Ringaskjør available, which for many years has done a formidable job of assisting this group with pumping catches.
“A total of 24,600 tonnes of mackerel were landed this week. Of this, the foreign fleet fishing in British waters landed 18,123 tonnes in Norway this week.
The catches from here have had an average from 420 – 470 grams with an average value of 455 grams.
“The Norwegian mackerel fleet has registered 4,829 which have mainly been caught on Storegga, plus 195 tonnes from the Faroese fleet. Most of the mackerel has been caught by trawl this week, as the mackerel has proven to be very demanding to catch with a (purse-seine) net.
“There was little catch at the beginning of the week, but on Friday there were a number of catches from the Norwegian zone before it ebbed off a bit again the rest of the weekend. There were also a few vessels on a search tour further south in the North Sea without finding anything of interest.
“The mackerel from the Storegga field has been on an average size of 460 – 500 grams with an average of 478 grams, which makes it somewhat larger than that taken in UK waters.”
The Norwegian fleet itself had a good week on NVG herring with 34,672 tonnes registered. Roar says, “There has been a consistently good fishing for NVG herring, which has mainly taken place on Tromsøflaket and most of it has been caught with nets.
“A total of 29,269 tonnes have been reported from this area during the week, where the herring has had an average size from 220-283 grams with an average value of 253 grams.
“Towards the end of the week, fishing started on the Lopphavet and in the outer parts of Kvænangen. There have been 3,927 tonnes registered in this area, mainly from Kystnot group, here herring host somewhat larger with an average size from 245 to 321 grams with a mean of 276 grams.
“It is likely that this herring will be found within the fjord lines in the near future, so it will be exciting to follow the development of fishing in this area in the future. There has also been a vessel that has fished herring off Iceland that has taken the trip across the sea and delivered in Norway, they brought with them 1,295 tons of herring with an average size of 352 grams. And a bunch of smaller coastal vessels have collected 163 tonnes on the Trøndelag coast.
On the North Sea herring front Roar says, “This week, 1,378 tonnes of North Sea herring have also been caught west of the North Sea. 445 tonnes of this has gone to direct delivery, where the fish has had an average size of 240 grams.”