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HB Grandi fleet finishes capelin quota

Two of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels are on capelin grounds off the Ísafjördur Deeps and a third is on the way there. It is now clear that this is the last trip of the season, unless a new, large capelin migration appears.

All three have been fishing on the western migration that appeared off the Ísafjördur Deeps at the beginning of this week. Ingunn AK took 900 tonnes to Vopnafjördur earlier in the week and Lundey NS and Faxi RE between them landed 1600 tonnes at Akranes. Although the capelin is smaller than the fish that had been caught previously off Snæfellsnes and the roe content is not as high, it has still been possible to extract roes with frozen production in progress at both Vopnafjördur and Akranes.

‘Certainly there was less roe in the fish that was caught this week than in the fish we were freezing last week, but it was still suitable for freezing,’ said HB Grandi’s Akranes capelin production foreman Gunnar Hermannsson, when we spoke to him today. He said that they are still producing from capelin landed by Faxi at Akranes and this production will last until tomorrow night.

Magnús Róbertsson, factory manager at the Vopnafjördur pelagic factory, said that as there was feed in the capelin that Ingunn landed, it was not suitable for frozen production, although the roes had been mature enough to be extracted and frozen.

‘It’s been a very respectable season. The overall quota wasn’t a big one this year, but we have done very well to produce as much as possible of our share for human consumption,’ Magnús Róbertsson said.