The Norwegian pelagic fleet start 2022 with 5,700 tonnes of North Sea herring. Photo: Norges Sildesalgslag/M Ytterstad 2022
2022 started as expected for the Norwegian pelagic fleet, but unusually 5,700 tonnes of North Sea herring has been landed in the first week, reports Roar Bjånesøy from Norges Sildesalgslag.
With over 22,000 tonnes in the registration journal, more NVG herring was caught in the first week of the year than last year. Most of the herring has been caught in Kvænangen and the areas outside where several guiding vessels have been in turn in the past week.
Also in the Vestfjord, 300 tonnes had been caught and a ringnore vessel had 400 tonnes out in the Norwegian Sea. The average size on the side has been around 260-270 grams in the north, while out of the Norwegian Sea it was around 330 grams.
“It is still herring to look at Kvænengen, but it has decreased on the smaller fleet that fishes there. We have a guide boat ready, so we’ll see what this week brings,” says sales manager Knut Halvor Møgster in Sildelaget.
North Sea herring:
After Norderveg was first out with a catch of 670 tonnes on Thursday, 7-8 other vessels took the trip out on Vikingbanken. The total in the first week is over 5,700 tonnes, the herring is around 260-270 grams and has been delivered from Fosnavåg to Denmark.
Irish vessel, FV Paula was the first of the foreign vessels to come with mackerel onboard on 06 January. Over the week and this weekend, it has been followed by 9 others and the total volume of mackerel reached 10,744 tonnes in the first week. This is a lot less than the first week last year when we had over 30,600 tonnes of mackerel from foreign vessels in the first week.
Otherwise, there have been a few tonnes of coastal sprat caught in the Oslo Fjord, as well as around 400 tonnes of horse mackerel caught from Nordhordaland and down to Skude.
Capelin in Iceland:
“So far, no Norwegian vessels have taken the trip over to Iceland, but we expect that someone will soon start the trip over there. The Icelandic capelin fleet is fishing around 50 nm north of Iceland,” says Møgster.