Icelandic Herring Season Coming to a Close
HB Grandi’s pelagic fleet’s fishing on Atlanto-Scandian herring this year is coming to an end now that the whole of their 38,000 tonne quotas has been caught. Fishing has been inside the Icelandic EEZ and has exceeded expectations.
“Fishing in Icelandic waters has been excellent this summer and it’s very unlikely that we will need to make use of the fishing rights we have to take part of our quotas in Norwegian waters”, said Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, head of HB Grandi’s pelagic division. He said that Ingunn landed 1000 tonnes in Vopnafjördur on Friday and on Sunday Lundey docked there with 900 tonnes.
“The situation now is that each vessel is scheduled to land one more trip in Vopnafjördur and we hope that the fishing will stay good enough for this to work out. The fishing has shifted a good way further east over the last few days and Faxi is now close to the Herring Loophole about 200 miles off Langanes, waiting for Ingunn to arrive. They are still freezing fish from Ingunn’s catch at Vopnafjördur and we don’t expect the ship will be back on the fishing grounds until late tonight, when freezing fish from Lundey will have taken over”, said Vilhjálmsson.