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Síldarvinnslan’s blue whiting vessels of have landed, despite challenging weather conditions and a recent downturn in fishing activity

In a visually striking scene captured by Helgi Freyr Ólason, the fishing vessel Beitir NK sails into turbulent waters. The blue whiting vessels of Síldarvinnslan have successfully landed, despite adverse weather conditions and a recent downturn in fishing activity.

Facing particularly harsh weather conditions in the mid-seas, the fishing expeditions had encountered challenges in the past days. However, Beitir NK managed to secure a remarkable catch of 320 tonnes of blue whiting before making its way to the harbour, surpassing the yields of other vessels. Barði NK landed approximately 800 tonnes in Neskaupstaður yesterday evening, while Beitir is expected to land nearly 900 tonnes today. Meanwhile, Börkur NK is unloading close to 1,800 tonnes in Seyðisfjörður.

With the completion of these landings, the fishmeal processing plants of Síldarvinnslan in Neskaupstaður and Seyðisfjörður are gearing up to process around 20,000 tonnes of blue whiting from this year’s catch. Approximately 9,700 tonnes have arrived in Neskaupstaður, and Seyðisfjörður has received around 9,800 tonnes.

Hafþór Eiríksson, the operational director of the fishmeal plants, expressed satisfaction with the blue whiting catches, noting that the raw materials brought by the ships have been of excellent quality, resulting in high-quality products. “The catches from the blue whiting fishing have been successful, and as a result, our products are of high quality,” says Hafþór.

Eggert Ólafur Einarsson, the plant manager in Seyðisfjörður, echoed Hafþór’s sentiments regarding the quality of raw materials and products. “The plant here has been running extremely well. We expect this batch of blue whiting fishing to conclude, and the last landing from a comparable batch last year was on January 29th,” adds Eggert.

While the success of the recent landings is celebrated, industry experts anticipate a potential decline in future catches. Despite this, the positive reception of the raw materials and the efficient processing by the fishmeal plants bode well for the quality and sustainability of the blue whiting industry in the region.


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