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Commercial Fishing



HB Grandi freezer trawler Örfirisey is now fishing in the Norwegian zone of the Barents Sea, and according to skipper Ævar Jóhannesson, they started fishing on 6th January after a four days’ steam from Iceland.

Fishing got off to a decent start near Bear Island, but has been less since a spell of heavy weather passed over the area.

‘The weather has been making life difficult for us these last few days, and we have been across a wide area searching for fish all over,’ Ævar Jóhannesson said, and added that last week Örfirisey was along with four other trawlers – from Greenland, the UK and two from the Faroes – north-east of the Tor Iversen Bank where the weather outlook for the next few days is good.

‘I’m certain that the season is just about to start. There’s large, beautiful cod that’s full of roe here and there’s definitely some good fishing ahead of us,’ he said.

Ævars Jóhannesson and Örfirisey’s crew are familiar with fishing in the Barents Sea, although this time they will be fishing only in Norwegian waters. Örfirisey has a green weight quota of 1200 tonnes of cod and the trip is expected to last 40 days

About HB Grandi

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.