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Norwegian pelagic activity picks up on North Sea herring

More Norwegian pelagic vessels are now starting to move after the summer holidays and North Sea herring fishing in particular picked up last week, according to Norwegian fishing group, Norges Sildesalgslag.

For North Sea herring, After a few weeks where catch rates have been 100 to 2,000 tonnes, almost 13,000 tonnes were reported in week 31. Around 3,200 have come from three foreign vessels from the British sector, while the rest have come from the Norwegian fleet from west of Bergen south to route 4176 west of Hanstholm in the Norwegian zone. The average size has been 180 to 230 grams and around 3,800 tonnes have been delivered for flour/oil. Slightly worse weather has been reported early this week, there are now around 42,000 left of the quota.

Two vessels have also fished 65 tonnes of Norwegian spring spawning herring on Møre.

For mackerel, around 4,900 tonnes were caught week 31, the majority from three foreign vessels from international waters and the Faroe Islands zone. The coastal fleet’s fishing for mackerel in the north decreased at the end of July, the catches from the smaller coastal fleet in week 31 have been from outside Fosnavåg south to Skudeneshavn. No Norwegian vessels from the sea fleet have so far started mackerel fishing.

Source: https://www.sildelaget.no/no/media/nyhetsarkiv/siste-nytt/fiskets-gang-uke-31/