The Icelandic pelagic fleet are heading to the south of the Faroe Islands to up the migrating blue whiting heading northwards
In recent days, Icelandic pelagic vessels have headed for the blue whiting grounds south of the Faroe Islands.
The blue whiting is moving northwards after spawning and has been waiting to enter the international waters, the grey area, at the junction of Faroese and Scottish jurisdiction and later into Faroese jurisdiction.
Fishing has often started there from 10 of April and yesterday the vessels were towing, but there was little news of catches. Yesterday it could be seen that an Icelandic, Russian and one Faroese vessel had lined up south of the fishing area. Among others, Bjarni Ólafsson, Beitir, Börkur, Hoffell, Guðrún Þorkelsdóttir and Ísleifur were on the fishing grounds, as well as Polar Amaroq from Greenland. Aðalsteinn Jónsson was in port in Fuglafjörður, the new ship Vilhelm Þorsteinsson was on its way from the Faroe Islands and Kap, Venus and Víkingur were on their way from Iceland.
In total, Icelandic vessels are allowed to catch more than 200,000 tonnes of blue whiting this year, with transfer between years. They have already caught almost 23,000 tonnes and therefore almost 180,000 remain uncaught. Hoffellið reached 6,500 tonnes this winter in several trips, including to the west of Ireland, according to Morgunblaðið today.