Norges Sildesalgslag has reported that the mackerel fleet has landed over 200,000 tonnes of their unilaterally set quota
Norwegian Herring Sales Association, Norges Sildesalgslag has reported that the mackerel fleet recorded lower catches in week 36 than in the previous weeks.
The country has now fished over 200,000 tonnes of the 300,000 tonnes quota it unilaterally set itself earlier this year.
In their weekly report Kenneth Garvik writes:
“After mackerel fishing got off to a good start in early August, we received a significantly smaller quantity this week with 17,500 tonnes in the record. Of this quantity, half, 8,800 tonnes were registered on Saturday as the best mackerel day. By and large, we had 176 mackerel entries, so with the exception of Saturday, the catches of mackerel have been poor.
“The next day on Sunday we only got 400 tonnes where most of the boats had been fishing on Saturday. That this happens is nothing new, as the mackerel is a species that one day accumulates in large quantities, and then disappears completely. And we have seen this many times before, especially out in the Norwegian Sea.”
Mackerel fishing in the Norwegian Sea has taken place in the area from N 63⁰ and further north to N 64⁰30 ′, 150-180 n.mil northwest of Ålesund.
The average weight last week has been higher than before with 420g as the lowest, and 520 g as the highest average. For the entire quantity, the average weight is 473 grams.
“A look at the quota picture shows that we have now fished 204,000 tonnes, and that there are then 100,000 tonnes of the quota left. With the opportunity to flex 10% both ways, we see that most boats fish well over 90% this time. Purse seines have fished over 70% of their quota, while coastal. SUK and trawl have taken around 55% of their quotas,” writes Garvik.
“There will still be a large participation in mackerel fishing this week (Week 37), and as in the rest of the season, it is exciting to follow mackerel fishing. With reports of mackerel outside northern Norway, we hope that fish will come from the north that will give good catches throughout September,” concludes Garvik.