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Pelagic vessels tie up for the year

Víkingur is on its way to land a 2700 tonne trip, ending the HB Grandi pelagic fleet’s activities this year, as Venus docked in Vopnafjörður earlier this week with a 2600 tonne trip on board.

‘I expect to be in Vopnafjörður tomorrow morning,’ said skipper Hjalti Einarsson when we spoke to him and he commented that there are now only a few boats still fishing for blue whiting in the Faroese EEZ.

‘The Faroese and Icelanders have probably finished their quotas and there was just one Russian still fishing there when we took our last haul. It’s almost a shame to be stopping just now, when there are good marks to be seen and it’s obvious that there’s a lot of blue whiting there in Faroese waters.’

Now that the year’s pelagic fishing is over for HB Grandi, it is clear that Venus and Víkingur between them have caught close to 100,000 tonnes. The crew of Venus were able to celebrate their 50,000 tonne milestone a few days ago, and Hjalti Einarsson said that Víkingur’s catch for the year is expected to be around 45,000 tonnes. The full total will become clear when the last trip’s catch has been weighed in at Vopnafjörður.