Norges Sildesalgslag has reported inconsistent fishing for the fleet in the Norwegian Sea but the coastal fleet are finding good mackerel
The Norwegian pelagic fleet faced two opposites during week 35 of 2022 as the coastal fleet made good progress in their mackerel fishery but the offshore fleet are still struggling with the fishery in the Norwegian Sea, according to Camilla Klævold, Communications Advisor with Norges Sildesalgslag.
Writing on the Sildelaget website she says:
“There have been slightly fewer catches on the mackerel fields this week than last and 20,700 tonnes have been recorded in the journal, compared to last week’s 25,200 tonnes. Best catch day this week was Monday with 4,819 tonnes in the record. After that, catches from the sea were slow before it picked up again at the weekend and on Sunday 4,337 tonnes were reported.
“At the start of the week, the fleet was mainly located north of 63 degrees in the Norwegian Sea, but the fishery here died out from Wednesday and when the Norwegians came across a lot of mackerel on the Viking bank, the fleet was headed south, and the fishery has been taking place here since Saturday.
“From the sea, 16,000 tonnes have been registered this week, while the coastal fleet has caught 4,700 tonnes.
“Mackerel fishing along the coast is still going well and there is good activity from Møre and south towards Sveio/Bømlo. We therefore hope that the positive trend continues for coastal fishermen and that the ocean-going fleet gets a little more traction in the fishery.”
On the North Sea herring fishery Camilla says:
“The foreign vessels are well underway with the herring season and much of the herring has gone to roe pressing this week as well. 16,335 tonnes are registered in the journal. The catches are mainly taken north of the Orkney Islands and around Shetland. There have also been a couple of catches east of Peterhead.”
On NVG herring, there has also been some activity on the herring along the coast and a good 180 tonnes have been locked up here this week according to the Communications Advisor.
In the deeper waters fisheries she reports:
“There are few boats on Kanten at the moment, as most are hunting for mackerel. But we have recorded some catches in the journal, including; 638 tonnes of pollock, 289 tonnes of cod, 247 tonnes of horse mackerel, 45 tonnes of North Sea herring and 15 tonnes of stream herring.”