Norwegian pelagic fishing reports blue whiting from the Faroe Islands and more sandeel from the North Sea in Week 17 of 2022. Photo: Åge Schjølberg
Fifteen trawlers have until Monday 20:00 reported 15,305 tonnes of sandeel, reports Norwegian magazine Kyst.
One of the trawlers, “Sille Marie” has delivered three catches, while six have delivered two catches.
This year’s sandeel quota is a temporary quota of 60,000 tonnes. The final quota council will come during this month and then the year’s final quota will be determined. The first catch in this year’s fishing, ‘Sille Marie’ delivered on 18 April three days after the fishing opened. It was five days before the next catch was reported by ‘Bømmelfjord’.
Going forward in May, the fat content of sandeel will increase, and this may mean that prices increase. Quite a lot of bait is reported in the sandeel that is now being fished, which bodes well for the fat content in the future.
The largest buyer of sandeel has so far been Pelagia Egersund Fish Oil Factory. They have bought 11 of the catches. In addition, Prima Protein in Egersund has six loads. Only four loads have been delivered to other flour factories, one to Pelagia Karmsund Fiskemelfabrikk, one to Vedde and two to Karmsund Protein. The factories in Egersund benefit from being close to the sandeel fields.
The delivered catches vary from 320 tonnes to a catch of 1600 tonnes, delivered by ‘Vikingbank’.
Blue whiting is being fished off the Faroe Islands reports Roar Bjånesøy Communication and Strategy Leader with Norges Sildesalgslag
The blue whiting fishery is now taking place in the Faroese zone in week 17 of 2022, 11,920 tonnes have been reported in 7 loads. By far the largest was the Faroese vessel Christian in Grøtinum with as much as 3,500 tonnes, which is one of the largest blue whiting catches delivered in Norway. The fishing has been as usual in the Faroese zone with longer tows.
This week, 380 tonnes of blue whiting have also been caught in the Norwegian zone.
In western Norway, 72 tonnes of horse mackerel have been fished, which has mainly been delivered on Karmøy and fished in the Bokn and Ryfylke area.