freezer trawler Viðey Sauðárkróku

Brim’s freezer trawler Viðey which docked in Sauðárkrókur on Monday with 140 tonnes of mainly cod. Photo: Brim

Brim’s freezer trawler Viðey docked in Sauðárkrókur on Monday with a catch of 140 tonnes consisting of mainly good-quality cod caught in the Kolbeinsey area.

This is the 54 metre deep sea trawler’s first landing of the year in Sauðárkrókur where the catch was tranported overland to Reykjavík for processing.

“We started fishing in the ‘Nightshop’ in the Víkuráll Gully and had fished out our redfish allocation in record time. From there we steamed northwards past the Westfjords and east to the Kolbeinsey area with a couple of short stops on the way. The area where we were fishing is around 95 nautical miles from Siglunes, so we were a good way offshore. The cod is fine quality, and averages three to five kilos. Altogether we had around a hundred tonnes of cod,” said this trip’s skipper Kristján E. Gíslason, better known as Kiddó.

Viðey landed fish several times last year in Sauðárkrókur, and Kiddó said that the difference is that this year there have been catches of decent cod later into the summer on Westfjords grounds such as the Hali and Thveráll grounds. Now there is small fish there and to find better quality fish, they have moved to grounds off the north coast.

“We’re expecting to be back at sea tonight, and to be landing here again on Thursday. After that we’ll be heading westwards and back south for a landing in Reykjavík. The plan is also to fit a third trawl winch so that we can tow twin-rig trawl gear, as has been done for Akurey. This change has worked out well for Akurey and now we’re next in the queue,” Kristján E. Gíslason said.

Source: Brim hf

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Brim’s freezer trawler Viðey docks in Sauðárkrókur with 140 tonnes

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