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Heavy fishing on redfish

‘This trip was four days for 185 tonnes of fish. That’s 650 tubs, or roughly as much as our fishroom can take. Out of all this we have around 15 tonnes of cod and the rest is split fairly evenly between saithe and redfish,’ said Eiríkur Ragnarsson, skipper of Helga María AK which docked in Reykjavík last Tuesday after a fine trip on Westfjords grounds.

‘We started on the Hali grounds where we were on saithe and a little cod, and finished up in the Vikurál Gully on redfish. There has been heavy fishing on redfish on the Hali grounds all summer and as happened last year, the redfish are starting to move on as we get into August. In the past the saithe fishing has carried on through August and we’re hoping it will stay that way this year,’ he said.

He commented that the quota year is coming to a close and the quotas of many fishing vessels are exhausted. Additionally both freezers and fresher trawlers have been fishing on mackerel this summer, which has reduced the effort on the Westfjords grounds with the quota year coming to an end.

‘The fishing grounds are pretty quiet and most of the time we have only seen one or two other vessels fishing around us. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to stay on those grounds for the rest of the quota year and with the fishing like it has been, steaming to the Westfjords has certainly been worthwhile,’ Eiríkur Ragnarsson said.