GOOD SUMMER FOR ICELANDIC TRAWLER
Good summer for Icelandic trawler. Icelandic fresher trawler Akurey docked in Sauðárkrókur last week after a trip deep off the Strandagrunn grounds. Brim’s trawler Akurey, has spent most of the summer fishing off the north coast, with catches landed in Sauðárkrókur and trucked south for processing.
“We’ve had some good fishing for cod over the last two days. The news travels fast and now there are twelve trawlers fishing in that area. The catch is good quality cod, averaging three to four kilos, and although we weren’t there long, the plan is to land 200 tubs, or a green weight of 60 to 65 tonnes,” said Jón Frímann Eiríksson, who is Akurey’s skipper at the moment. He added that he hopes that they can discharge the catch in around four hours, and can then head straight back to sea.
Akurey was refitted with a third trawl winch this summer, making it possible to two trawls at the same time, and Jón Frímann said that this has worked well.
“There still needs to be some fish there to make any progress, whether you’re fishing with one trawl or two, but in my opinion this change has yielded positive results,” he said.
According to Akurey’s regular skipper Eiríkur Jónsson, who is currently between trips, it has been a good summer.
“We had one trip on the Hali grounds off the Westfjords and did well there. Then the weather worsened, and the fish vanished. That’s why we’ve been mainly off the north coast. There was some good fishing in the Kolbeinsey area, and then that dropped away. Now the fleet has shifted westwards and I hear they fishing is pretty good. Akurey is landing in Sauðárkrókur for what is probably the seventh time this summer. We’ve made one landing in Reykjavík, but otherwise we’ve been alongside in Sauðárkrókur every time,” Eiríkur Jónsson said.