The Norwegian Pelagic fleet has over 180,000 tonnes of their 309,116-tonne mackerel quota caught due to poor fishing and weather conditions

The Norwegian Pelagic fleet fishing mackerel faces continued poor fishing and weather conditions in week 37. Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag/Helge Skavlan

The Norwegian Pelagic fleet has over 180,000 tonnes of their 309,116-tonne mackerel quota caught at the end of week 37 of 2022 season.

Steady and consistent mackerel catches have been difficult for the offshore fleet to come-by between poor fishing and poor weather in the Norwegian Sea. In week 36 decent fishing results were reported in the Norwegian EEZ of the North Sea but bad weather again broke-up the fishing. In week 37, fishing resumed in the North Sea area but with mixed results.

“The week started well for the mackerel, but bad weather made itself felt at the end”, reports Roar Bjånesøy, Head of Communications and Strategy Manager with Norges Sildesalgslag.

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Roar continues, “21,400 tonnes was the figure for mackerel last week. Tuesday was the best day with almost 12,000 tonnes, the majority from the sea fleet that fished out in the North Sea. Towards the end of the week there was a lot of wind at sea and most of the boats came ashore with what they had on board on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday there was a bit of lock netting fishing, for Talbor brought in 600 tonnes of mackerel from the Norwegian Sea on Sunday with an average size of 472 grams. 

“After that, large parts of the fleet set a course north-west and the fishing now takes place around 64 degrees and 1 degree east, around 40-50 miles east of the border with the Faroe Islands. Yesterday (Monday 19 September) over 9,000 tonnes were reported from the fleet there and the mackerel has an average size of 450 to 480 grams, and we expect more activity from the large fleet that is now in the area or on its way there. 

“For the lock setters, around 800 tonnes per week were registered, which was in addition to around 350 tonnes of direct catches on the coast from Møre to Rogaland.”

For North Sea herring, just over 1,000 tonnes were reported in week 37, where a foreign vessel brought 900 tonnes from the UK zone, says Roar. “The rest was taken at the edge of the industrial trawlers as well as a smaller direct catch.”

On the fish meal/fish oil front Roar reports that four boats have been active along the edge in the past week. “From them we have received around 450 tonnes of pollock, 150 tonnes of cod and around 50 tonnes of horse mackerel,” he reports. 

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