The Norwegian mackerel boats ease back landings to 46,600 tonnes in week 35 as processors are unable to cope with supply. Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag 2021
“Good mackerel fishing also this week, several boats have arrived on the edge,” writes fish processor Norges Sildesalgslag.
Week 35 saw another good week for the Norwegian pelagic fleet operating on mackerel with over 46,600 tonnes landed.
A somewhat lower quantity has been landed this week than last week’s record of 60,000 tonnes, but there has still been good fishing activity with just over 50 boats in turn on the field. A total of 46,627 tonnes have been landed this week.
The fishing was best at the beginning of the week with Monday as the best day with just over 10,400 tonnes. Some logistical challenges at the onshore facilities contributed to the fishing becoming somewhat calmer over the weekend. But the buyers have stood on and mainly gotten away with the catches.
As last week, the fishing has mainly taken place in the range from 62 ° N to 65 ° N.
This week, three Faroese vessels also fished for mackerel in the Norwegian zone, a total of 3,400 tonnes sold to the Faroe Islands.
In the coming period, less pressure is expected in the fishery, the first days this week there will be some wind that can hamper the fleet. In addition, 17 vessels in the purse seine group are within 90 per cent of their quotas. Furthermore, it will be exciting to see if the mackerel is still collected and available beyond September.
As of yesterday,07 September, the Norwegian mackerel fleet have caught 188,400 tonnes of mackerel. At the same time last year, they had caught 23,400 tonnes.
This year’s season started for real in week 32 (09.08-15.08) with 33,200 tonnes landed and continued on with 33,600 tonnes, 60,100 tonnes and 43,200 tonnes the following weeks. The Norwegian fishery has mainly taken place in the Norwegian Sea where a total of 182,300 tonnes has been caught, the remaining 6,100 tonnes has been caught in international water (Smutthavet).
The catches have mainly been landed for consumption purposes, apart from a few catches which has gone to fish meal and fish oil purposes due to logistical difficulties at the factories. A total of 184,000 tonnes has been landed for consumption and the quality of the mackerel has been reported as good.
As for the gear used to catch the fish, 80 percent of the catches have been caught with purse-seine, which is a high percentage this early in the season.