RECORD YEAR FOR ICELANDIC TRAWLER
Record year for Icelandic trawler. The overall catch landed by Icelandic company Brim’s fresher trawler Viðey in 2019 came to 10,177 tonnes. This is the first time that a trawler landing fresh catches in ice has reached this catch level, with Viðey and Björg both having landed more than 10,000 tonnes this year.
According to Viðey’s skipper Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson, there were 57 trips in 2019, making an average of 180 tonnes per trip. The trawler has a fishroom capacity of 190 to 200 tonnes.
‘Last year was certainly a good one, but it’s not as if we can say that this year has started well. There’s constant bad weather, both at sea and ashore,’ he said as Viðey docked after its second trip of the year.
‘There was appalling weather the whole time, and the conditions kept us off the Westfjords grounds. We stuck to the south-west fishing grounds the whole time, which gives us some shelter from the north-easterly wind. The aim this time was to get as much haddock and saithe as possible, but the saithe were nowhere to be seen although we ended up mainly with golden redfish. This was a 100 tonne trip. That’s not a lot, but considering the conditions, we can be thankful for it,’ Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson said.
Brim 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 Brim, and every effort is made to respect the resource and operate responsible fisheries, for the benefit of future generations. Brim 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.
Brim 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.
Brim 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.