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Commercial Fishing



Fisher concentrates on south western grounds. HB Grandi’s fresher trawlers have been fishing more on south-western fishing grounds than earlier this winter. The winter season is about to begin, with the usual excellent quality cod and saithe to be found on the trawlers’ home grounds, according to an article on HB Grandi’s website.

‘We have been on the Elder Bank all this trip for some very mixed fish. We have been getting saithe, redfish, cod and haddock, and we reckon the tally with one day of the trip to go is 120 to 130 tonnes,’ said Akurey’s skipper Eiríkur Jónsson, when we spoke to him.

He said that the trip began last Friday after docking early on Thursday morning in Reykjavík.

‘There has been poor weather most of the time this trip, but it’s fine today and we hope it’s stay that way for a while. There are roes in both saithe and cod, and we have stowed away a few tonnes of roe. But there’s no heavy fishing yet this season, although the saithe and cod are all fine, big fish. We haven’t been particularly looking for redfish, but there’s always some in each haul,’ he said, commenting that he expects to be concentrating on south-west fishing grounds in the next few weeks.

‘We try to catch as much of our saithe as we can in the south, and now is the right time to do it,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said.

HB Grandi hf. is one of Iceland’s largest seafood companies. The company has a long history and extensive experience and expertise in the utilisation of natural resources and fish production, which is reflected in all its activities. The company focuses on sophisticated fishing and processing technology and continuous production development. The company produces high-quality products from the fresh wild fish caught in Icelandic waters. Respect for the environment and the marine ecosystem is the basis for all activities at HB Grandi, and every effort is made to respect the resource and operate responsible fisheries, for the benefit of future generations. HB Grandi emphasises corporate social responsibility, as it has always been the goal of the company that all its activities reflect its responsibility towards the marine resources and the community.

HB Grandi is engaged in the fishing and processing of groundfish and pelagic fish. The company employs approximately 800 people at sea and on land. The products are sold all over the world, with the largest markets being Europe, Asia and North America.

HB Grandi has integrated operations in fishing, processing and marketing in order to promote efficient production and ensure an unrestricted pathway from catch to markets. It is easy to trace the route of the product from delivery all the way back to the sea. The key to the company’s success lies in its excellent staff, both at sea and on land, who are committed to delivering quality products to buyers and consumers.