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Capelin, herring and mackerel landed at Vopnafjördur

Yesterday HB Grandi’s pelagic factory at Vopnafjördur was freezing capelin landed by Norwegian vessel H Ostervold, the third payload of capelin landed to the factory this summer after Storeknut and Hardhaus had already landed. Those two landings had to go for fishmeal production due to a high level of feed in the fish.

The HB Grandi pelagic factory and fishmeal plant have been busy these last few days. The company’s own vessels have been fishing for mackerel these last couple of weeks, along with a by-catch of herring. According to factory manager Magnús Róbertsson, approximately 2000 tonnes of mackerel and 300 tonnes of herring have been landed so far this season.

Ingunn’s recent landing of mackerel and herring has all been processed, and this was followed with a catch landed by Lundey. Magnús Róbertsson said that the quality of the mackerel now is better than it was at the same time last year, and the herring is also better.

‘The mackerel has a 20% fat content at this point, and we can all see that the fish is of a higher quality than it was last year. The herring that has been taken as by-catch in some trips is good quality, although it has a relatively low fat content, and the fish is mostly 350-360 gramme herring.

Faxi is now on its way to Vopnafjördur with mackerel and some herring, and two Norwegian pelagic vessels are due shortly with capelin.

According to the pelagic department manager Gardar Svavarsson, approximately 1200 tonnes of fishmeal and 700 tonnes of frozen products were shipped from Vopnafjördur last weekend.