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Commercial Fishing



Icelandic herring season draws to a close. The herring catching season for Icelandic fishing company Brim has come to end following the the docking of the pelagic vessel Víkingur at Vopnafjörður with 1275 tonnes of herring in its tanks. Sister vessel Venus had also just discharged its catch.

“We had some good fishing this trip. We found a patch of herring some way west of where the rest of the fleet has been fishing for the last few days. It wasn’t a big mark, but it was a comfortable amount for one or two boats,” said Víkingur’s skipper Hjalti Einarsson.

He added that the fishing area was around 300 nautical miles from Vopnafjörður. This is some way closer than the current fishing grounds by 100 to 150 nautical miles.

“This is fine Atlanto-Scandian herring. The average weight is the same as it has been for the later part of the season at 380-400 grammes,” he said and added that this was Víkingur’s second trip after a minor breakdown that resulted in being dry-docked in Akureyri. The previous trip was 1240 tonnes.

He said that most of the Icelandic fleet has now caught its herring quota, and only Heimaey and Sigurður were still on the fishing grounds when Víkingur hauled its gear.

“Once we have finished discharging I expect we’ll steam to Reykjavík. Then we’ll wait for the blue whiting to start. That could be around mid-November,” Hjalti Einarsson said.