The Norwegian mackerel fishing continues with an improvement in catches from the Week 36
The Norwegian mackerel fishing continued last week with vessels seeing an improvement in catches from the previous week.
Last week the fleet recorded 17,500 tonnes being landed by the fleet and announcing that 204,000 tonnes of the 305,000-tonne quota the Norwegian Government unilaterally set their fishing fleet, has now been caught.
The Norwegian fleet complained last week that the mackerel was difficult to catch at times because they simply disappeared and reappeared just as quickly. This trend continued in Week 37 but the boats were more successful.
Kenneth Garvik from Norges Sildesalgslag wrote, “After the mackerel’s absence and a lot of searching, fishing picked up a bit again this week and a total of 31,497 tonnes were reported. Tuesday came out as the best day with 11,123 tons in the record. The fishing in the Norwegian Sea has taken place in the area around 63⁰ N.
“The fishing has been very varied with very poor collection of fish at times. We have seen that those who trawl, as the Faroese have done, have received the largest catches. Of the 31,000 tonnes, approximately 7,250 tonnes have been taken by foreign vessels.
“The size of the mackerel has been good with an average of 470 grams.
“There are now around 70,000 tonnes of the quota left. Purse seines have fished over 70% of their quotas, SUK and trawls are approaching 60%.
“This week, the fishing will probably be characterised by the bad weather, it may look like there will be a small weather window on Tuesday, but it will probably not lighten until Thursday. Part of the smaller fleet went ashore on Friday and there are now lesser boats than usual on the field.”