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Fine, big mackerel

Ingunn AK docked at Vopnafjördur at midnight last night with around 430 tonnes of mackerel on board, taken in two short tows in the area between the Little Deeps and the Breidamerkur Deeps.

‘We were probably only around five to six hours to catch this fish. We had some good marks and if things carry on this way, then it looks good. The samples showed the fish are all over 400 grammes, averaging 420 to 440 grammes, as well as a good proportion of 500 to 600 gramme mackerel that goes for wholefreezing, and there is very little feed in the fish,’ commented Róbert Axelsson, who skippered Ingunn for this trip.

There is quite a fleet of pelagic vessels on fishing grounds off eastern Iceland, and so far there has been little herring taken as by-catch with the mackerel, which leaves the bulk of the Atlanto-Scandian herring quota to be caught.

‘Last season we had most of our herring off the north from Langanes and southwards along the east coast,’ he said.

Faxi RE is alongside and its landing is expected to be complete tomorrow, and Lundey NS is at sea off south-eastern Iceland. Including Ingunn’s landing, there are around 8000 tonne remaining of HB Grandi’s mackerel quota.