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HB Grandi vessels finish herring season

‘You never know where you are with herring. Some days there’s good fishing and other days there’s nothing. Things looked good when we got to the grounds, as there had been good weather for three whole days, but then it faded away to nothing,’ said Hjalti Einarsson, skipper of Faxi RE. We spoke to him when the ship was not far from Skrúdur, in heavy weather with a storm blowing.

He said they were making only six to seven knots, so Faxi would be alongside in Vopnafjördur some time tonight. This was the last herring trip of the season for the HB Grandi fleet as Venus NS is tied up after its last herring trip and Lundey NS is at the quayside with blue whiting in its tanks.

The herring have kept to areas deep west of Faxaflói Bay during the season and Hjalti Einarsson said that their furthest west fishing was around 100 nautical miles off Reykjanes.

‘After that we followed the herring northwards and there they were very jumpy. It’s not easy to work out if the herring swim around that area off Faxaflói Bay or if there’s a migration pattern here. The herring are too dispersed over a wide area, or else there isn’t much of it. There are hopes that the north wind and the low temperatures that are forecast for next week will encourage the herring to tighten up, but we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.’

Hjalti Einarsson said that there will be one more trip, this time on blue whiting, before Faxi is slipped for maintenance. After that it will be handed over to its new owners, Westman Islands company Vinnslustödin.