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Icelandic fishing fleet keep the supplies coming in

Icelandic fishing fleet keep the supplies coming in

All three of Brim’s fresher trawlers landed full trips last week. This is a total of 600 tonnes of fish, and it’s clear that the company’s Norðurgarður factory in Iceland isn’t going to be short of raw material.

According to trawler fleet manager Birkir Hrannar Hjálmarsson, Viðey was the first to land, docking last Sunday with 603 tubs of fish, containing roughly 200 tonnes. Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson was Viðey’s skipper for the trip. The following morning Helga María was alongside with 655 tubs and a similar volume of fish landed by skipper Heimir Guðbjörnsson and his crew. The third landing was Akurey with 200 tonnes in 603 tubs. These were all capacity trips.

‘Fishing has been very good these last few weeks and we’ve had around a month of acceptable weather and decent catches,’ said Akurey’s skipper Eiríkur Jónsson.

He commented that the trawlers have been keeping to the southern fishing grounds, and fishing has been good enough for them to be able to fill up in around four days instead of the five expected for each trip.

‘There are all species in the mix. For example, we had 50 tonnes of cod in this trip and 70 tonnes in the previous one. Redfish is steady and there have been some regular showings of saithe. There was some good fishing for saithe on the Toe for a few days, although we weren’t there. Then there were large saithe to be had on the Eldey Bank, plus there has been some very good fishing for cod, such as in the Jökull Deeps,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said.