norway bluefin tuna 2020

Norway recorded its first catches of Northeastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna for the 2020 season. Photo: 

Norway recorded its first catches of northeastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna for the 2020 season with nine fish being captured.

True to tradition, the mfv Bluefin hit the jackpot the day after they left port. After repeated observations, they got the first fish on board around lunchtime yesterday.

“We started yesterday, so like 2017, we caught the second day this year as well,” says Linn T. Nekkøy speaking to Norges Sildesalgslag.

In 2017, the mfv Bluefin was allocated a quota of 45 tonnes but this year the boat has 30 tonnes available to be fished during the autumn.

“We took the entire quota last, so we focus on taking everything this time and, but we do not want too many on board at the same time as it is important that the quality of the fish is taken care of,” says Nekkøy.

“The quality of today’s catch looks very good and there are nice fish caught west of Harøy. With a total of nine noises, the crew of eight is well satisfied with today’s efforts. Nekkøy assumes that the average size of the fish is around 240 kg.”

Hillersøy is currently also in the area west of Harøy in search of the sea’s Formula 1 fish.

Mfv Bluefin is now heading for land in fine weather and plans to set course again after landing if the weather allows it.

In March, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries announced a catch allocation of over 300 tonnes for the bluefin tuna fisheries in 2020.

Last year, the fishing was opened to eight vessels. This year, a total of 11 vessels, of which eight ring net vessels and three line vessels, can participate in this fishery. Once the vessels have signed up, a lottery will be conducted among the qualified applicants.

Source: Norges Sildesalgslag

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Norway records first catches of Bluefin Tuna for 2020 season

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