Blue whiting remains the largest pelagic catch for the Icelandic fishing industry with vessels landing from fishing grounds south of the Faroe Islands.
Síldarvarinnslan hf has reported that two of its fishmeal factories have seen catches of blue whiting totaling nearly 43,000 tonnes.
So far this year, fishmeal factories in Neskaupstaður and Seyðisfjörður have received about 42,600 tonnes of blue whiting.
The plant in Neskaupstaður has received more than 27,000 tonnes and the factory in Seyðisfjörður has almost 15,600 tonnes.
In recent days, the blue whiting vessels have landed catches from south of the Faroe Islands, where there has been good steady fishing.
‘Hákon EA’ landed 1,640 tonnes at the factory in Neskaupstaður on April 29, ‘Börkur NK’ landed 2,200 tonnes last Saturday and now Margrét EA is landing 2,100 tonnes.
‘Bjarni Ólafsson AK’ arrived in Seyðisfjörður on Saturday with just under 1,700 tonnes and subsequently ‘Beitir NK’ landed over 3,000 tonnes.
According to the plant managers, Hafþór Eiríksson in Neskaupstaður and Gunnar Sverrisson in Seyðisfjörður, both landing and processing of the blue whiting are successful. The plant managers say that this is the finest blue whiting season so far.
Source: Síldarvarinnslan hf