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Good Herring Fishing in Icelandic Waters – A pelagic trawler belonging to Icelandic seafood and fishing company, Brim, has reported good herring fishing in IIcelandic waters.

“There has been good fishing, but the herring have started heading eastwards now so we have to go further to find them,’ said Theodór Thórðarsson, skipper of Brim’s pelagic vessel Venus, which recently docked in Vopnafjörður with 1600 tonnes on board.

They steamed 15-16 hours from fishing grounds.

‘This was different to the previous trip when we had 1300 tonnes of herring deep in the Héráðsflói Deep. We noticed then that the herring were on the move eastwards, and this time we finished up on the line between the Icelandic and Faroese EEZs – and who knows where they will be when we get out there next?’

Theodór Thórðarsson said that the herring are fine quality. Samples indicate that sizes are from 380 grammes and up to around 400 grammes. There were four Icelandic and two Faroese pelagic vessels fishing there as Venus set course for Vopnafjörður, and he said that the Russian fleet has been fishing in the international zone.

‘We should be able to sail on Wednesday night. There was poor weather the whole trip and it’s blowing a storm now. We’re hoping the weather will ease off soon and it would be a big help to have some decent weather later this week,’ Theodór Thórðarsson said.