Steady fishing on blue whiting
There have been some big landings and steady fishing as the blue whiting migrate northwards through Faroese waters.
Bjarni Ã“lafsson last week landed 1750 tonnes to SÃldarvinnslanâ€™s NeskaupstaÃ°ur factory and the Polish-registered Janus landed 1650 tonnes in SeyÃ°isfjÃ¶rÃ°ur. BÃ¶rkur is back at sea after landing a full trip, also discharged in SeyÃ°isfjÃ¶rÃ°ur.
SÃldarvinnslanâ€™s Beitir landed a 2200 tonne trip in NeskaupstaÃ°ur at the end of last week, bringing its total for this season to 9300 tonnes to date. According to skipper TÃ³mas KÃ¡rason, the season has been a good one, but fishing has been variable.
â€˜We were called in to land these 2200 tonnes as itâ€™s important to keep the factoryâ€™s production steady with not too much landed at the same time,â€™ he said.
â€˜The trip started well with 650 tonnes in the first haul, and then the fishing slowed down. The fish has been dispersed and the pelagic boats have had to fish long tows. It was pretty quiet when we sailed, but thatâ€™ll change. Fishing for blue whiting is often like that. Thereâ€™s good fishing and then there are periods of poor catches.â€™
Both of HB Grandiâ€™s pelagic vessels have been fishing in the Faroese zone and Venus docked yesterday in VopnafjÃ¶rÃ°ur with 2500 tonnes of blue whiting in its tanks.
Source: SÃldarvinnslan, HB Grandi
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