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Searching for herring, and trying for blue whiting

Venus NS was ready to start fishing for blue whiting in the Rose Garden area off eastern Iceland yesterday, where there were already two other pelagic vessels at work. The rest of the fleet was still busy with the search for herring off the west coast, with one looking for marks in northern waters.

‘We’re 90 nautical miles west of Reykjanestá. We have been searching for herring marks for two days without much success so far,’ said Karl Ferdinandsson, who is skipper of Faxi RE for this trip.

He commented that there has been no significant herring fishing off the west of Iceland in the last few days. An area from Látragrunn all the way south to Reykjanes has been swept, with the exception of the closed trawl boxes that lie off the west coast roughly between 63°N and 65°N. Those areas were opened yesterday and the search began there as well.

‘The weather looks rough, with a storm forecast for the next couple of days. We’re not expecting to see anything until the weather drops away again and good fishing can happen without any warning,’ he said.

According to Ingimundur Ingimundarson at HB Grandi’s pelagic division, the decision was taken to have Venus check out the blue whiting possibilities in the Rose Garden while the herring fishery remains quiet.

‘Bjarni Ólafsson AK had some blue whiting in the Rose Garden at the weekend and Börkur NK is on the same grounds. It would be useful to be able to pick up the blue whiting fishery in out own waters,’ Ingimundur Ingimundarson said.