A little over 2,100 tonnes of the capelin quota for the Barents Sea remain for the Norwegian pelagic fleet as the weekend approaches

A little over 2,100 tonnes of the capelin quota for the Barents Sea remains for the Norwegian pelagic fleet as the weekend approaches. Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag/Helge Skavlan-2021

A little over 2,100 tonnes remains of the capelin quota in the Barents Sea when we enter the weekend writes Roar Bjånesøy of Norges Sildesalgslag.

Purse seines again have 1,240 tonnes of their group quota, trawls around 460 tonnes and coasts around 300 tonnes when the capelin fishery nears its end.

It looks like the entire quota of 42,000 tonnes can be taken in three weeks with the first catch coming on 26 February.

Last week, Norges Sildesalgslag received a daily quantity from 1,500 to 3,000 tonnes before Saturday’s big day with more than 6,900 tonnes registered. This week, Monday and Tuesday with 5,000 and 4,000 tonnes are the best days.

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“We have seen good prices at the end here, where the proportion of holodder that goes to pressing has increased on average,” says sales manager Knut Halvor Møgster who adds that there have been few reports of interference in this year’s fishing.

“We have a number of boats on their way to the factories in the north all the way to Florø in the south, many of the last catches have been taken north of Kinnarodden and the fishing has gone smoothly,” says Møgster.

Weather reports say there is some wind on the way for Sunday, Møgster expects that the last boats with quotas will utilise the weather windows that come so that the remaining quantity of the capelin is soon on its way to land.

During periods when capelin fishing has taken place, Eros and Vendla have carried out their capelin trips in the north.

“The capelin trip that has just ended measures the onset of maturing capelin that will spawn. The measurements indicate that the spawning stock is at a good level to ensure future recruitment, but this is capelin that dies and disappears from the stock after spawning. The main part of the spawning entrance consists of three-year-old capelin, which comes from the very strong 2019-year class. This year class is expected to make a strong contribution to the objection next winter as well. In addition, the 2020 year class is above average strong, so we expect good amounts of capelin during the objection next winter,” Skareti says in an interview with Fiskeribladet  where he also goes into the proposals for stock advice for capelin that the Marine Research plans for the future.

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Over 2,100 tonnes of capelin quota left for Norwegian Barents Sea fleet

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