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Mackerel on the move

‘We were fishing off Fáskrúðsfjörður in our last trip  and finished with 860 tonnes. Most of that was mackerel, although we had a 260 tonne shot of herring to finish the trip,’ said Albert Sveinsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur, when we spoke to him in the beginning of the week.

By then, Víkingur was in a position north of Borgarfjörður Eystri, on its way back to fishing grounds after discharging at Vopnafjörður.

The weather has been poor and fishing has been slow since we landed. There’s a rough south-easterly wind and there doesn’t seem to be much fish about,’ he said, commenting that the mackerel appear to be moving rapidly to the north-east.

‘We have been watching the marks as they disperse and the mackerel disappear eastwards. We’ve tried waiting for marks to appear further south and follow them, and that’s the way it has worked. Last year we followed the mackerel all the way east as far as the Herring Loophole, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we find ourselves doing the same now,’ he said.

Taking into account HB Grandi’s mackerel and Atlanto-Scandian herring quota status, it would be no surprise if Víkingur and Venus were to continue this fishery for the rest of this month.