Norwegian boats have reported a good fishing for NVG Herring and the first arrival of capelin from the Barents Sea have been registered. Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag
Norges Sildesalgslag has reported a good Week 8 for the pelagic feet fishing NVG Herring and the first arrival of capelin from the Barents Sea.
Kenneth Garvik, Sales Manager at Norges Sildesalgslag reports:
It was a useful week with 22,900 tonnes in the record. Many boats have been active in this week’s fishing and the quantity is distributed on 45 different boats. The purse seine boat that has completed capelin fishing off Iceland has contributed the largest quantity of 9,800 tonnes, from the coast we have 3,900 tonnes, trawls 3,200 tonnes, and from eight foreign boats 6,000 tonnes have been registered. The best registration day was Wednesday with 8,300 tonnes.
Because it is so late in February, the herring is still far north. Of this week’s quantity, more than 20,000 tonnes are fished southwest of Røst. The rest of the quantity is taken from the west of Træna and further south to Sklinna. This weekend there has been a gale on the field and the boats have docked.
The sizes of the herring vary from 355 g at the highest to 262 g at the lowest. The average for the entire quantity is 318 g.
The reason for the large variation in the average weight is that just before the weekend, catches were taken where the herring from the «Tromsøflaket» 2016-year class mixed in with the herring that have overwintered in the Norwegian Sea. This herring consists of different year classes, where the researchers find herring that are a full 18 years (2004-year class, as well as younger year classes in the samples.
From the buyers who now focus on squeezing ripe herring roe, few catches are reported that have been optimal for this application. We can only hope that in the coming week there will be catches with the right roe maturation. The challenge in the first part of the week is a gale that can hamper the activities, and especially the seiners.
In Iceland, the last fishing day was Tuesday 22 February. On this day there was a gale, as so many days this season, and unfortunately not fishing weather. In total, the boats had collected 9,400 tonnes distributed on 24 different vessels.
A preliminary summary shows that just under 90,000 tonnes of the 145,382 tonnes quota was fished. This winter, there has been an extreme weather picture, with storm after storm sweeping over Iceland. This in addition to restrictions on the number of boats in fishing, only fishing with nets, fishing area and fishing date have been the reasons why the quota was not taken. There has been no shortage of efforts for the fleet that has been in Iceland.
For capelin in the Barents Sea, we got the first two catches on Saturday when both “Birkeland” and “Talbor” reported catches. They fished capelin north of the Lopphavet and took their respective quotas in two casts. The capelin from here is slightly smaller (52-56 pcs / kg) than the one in Iceland. The egg maturity is 15%, so it is sold for consumer use.
The Norwegian quota this year is just under 42,000 tonnes and it will be exciting to follow this fishing in the future. In addition to the Institute of Marine Research starting its voyage this week, we expect that more boats will fish for capelin in the future.
We can only hope for good access and good capelin that can be sold for consumption.
Horse mackerel / Mackerel:
As elsewhere in recent years, there are boats hunting for horse mackerel in the fjords of Vestland and Rogaland. Last week we received more than 70 tonnes from four different boats.
In total, these coastal boats have fished 1,200 tonnes so far this winter, and with good demand for horse mackerel, it achieves good prices for the catches.
In addition to horse mackerel, some boats also came across mackerel, and for this species we have 80 tonnes in the log. Fishing for mackerel on the coast in February is unusual.
Since the purse-seine fleet has focused on capelin fishing off Iceland, so far no blue whiting has been fished in the west of Ireland.
This weekend, a couple of boats have arrived in the field in international waters, and another seven boats have headed west.