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Commercial Fishing



Fishing well on blue whiting off SW Ireland. ‘There has been excellent fishing and the tough part is keeping to moderate catches. It’s ideal to not have more than 300 to 400 tonnes in a haul, and the chief hazard is that when you try and keep to a particular amount, you can end up with a smaller catch,’ said Hjalti Einarsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur.

Víkingur is fishing for blue whiting and Hjalti Einarsson said that the first haul of the trip was taken last Sunday. He was preparing for the last haul of the trip, but added that he would have to wait and see if it would turn out to be the final tow.

‘Fishing is best in the dark and there have been fine hauls in a very short time when they’re fishing on strong marks. We’ll have to wait and see if it works out for us,’ he said.

He added that the trip started considerably further north than where Víkingur is now.

‘We had some good fishing to begin with, and then it slowed right down so we steamed a hundred miles due south. Down here we are due east of the southernmost point of Ireland and the fishing has been good here. There are fewer pelagic boats, as is often the case when the fishing is good. The fish is good quality and it’s larger than the blue whiting we have been fishing off the Faroe Islands,’ Hjalti Einarsson 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.