The Norwegian pelagic fleet caught a new record of 63,600 tonnes of mackerel in week 38 of 2022. Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag
The Norwegian pelagic fleet recorded a landmark in history after their fishing vessels caught a total of 63,600 tonnes of mackerel week 38 of 2022.
The news was welcomed by Norges Sildesalgslag and by the organisation’s Sales Manager, Kenneth Garvik who wrote:
“What a mackerel week we’ve had. A total of 63,600 tonnes have been registered, and this is a historically high quantity of mackerel in one week. The previous record was from last year when we had 60,900 at the end of August. There have been good catch rates every day with Friday being the best day with a total of 15,600 tonnes.
“It is the purse-seine group that has contributed the most with a total of 49,700 tonnes, from the coast 8,100 tonnes, SUK 4,300 tonnes and from trawls we have 1,500 tonnes.
“There has been a great effort in mackerel fishing from both small and large, with a total of 174 boats registered. In addition, there are boats fishing for mackerel that do not report catches.
“It is in the Norwegian Sea that the main quantity is fished, with a whopping 59,400 tonnes. Here we see that the mackerel has followed the same pattern as we saw back in 2019 and previous years. At the start of the week, the boats were in the area around N 64⁰ and E 01⁰, 160 n.miles northwest of Stadt. The boats have been following the mackerel southeast and the last catches on Sunday were taken around 80 n.miles west of Stadt. What has been different now than in previous years is that fishing with nets has been best at night. This usually happens later in the autumn in the North Sea.
“For the smallest coastal fleet, the good fishing on the coast has continued both for seiners and others. In addition, some of the larger coastal boats have fished for mackerel on the Viking Bank. Here, the fishing stopped at the weekend and the boats went into port due to gales.
“With such large quantities of mackerel, there is pressure on the receiving capacity on shore, and some have had to wait a while for unloading. Plants from Egersund in the south to Senja in the north have produced mackerel, and most have been on both late and early.
“The catches at the weekend had little bait, and the buyers report that the mackerel is now of super quality. Where one can serve the best mackerel markets in Asia.
“In the coming week, we expect a lower quantity as more boats are in port with their quotas. This applies to all fleet groups.
“What will be most exciting going forward is which direction the mackerel will take. Two years ago, a “fairy” of large and beautiful mackerel arrived on the Mørekysten coast in late September. We are crossing our fingers that this will be repeated this year.”
There was also news on the northeast Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.
“We received the first bluefin entry from “Spjæringen” on Saturday with 27 tonnes,” report Kenneth, “They had a cast of over 100 sturgeon 10 nautical miles northwest of Kråkenes lighthouse.
“They and other fishermen report sightings of large bluefin both along the coast and further out to sea. “Orfjord”, which has delivered to Møre, has taken its allocated quota and has started on the additional quota.”
North Sea herring was quiet last week.
“We only saw a catch from the Danish “Themis” of 500 tonnes fished east of the English coast, and 70 tonnes from a Norwegian boat from the Viking bank. In addition, smaller quantities have been taken in the fishery from Kanten.”
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There have also been few boats fishing on Kanten this week.
From three boats, 430 tonnes of pollock, 350 tonnes of blue whiting, 140 tonnes of horse mackerel and a few tonnes of stream herring have been fished.