Good trips, top fish
Fishing has been good since the end of the seamen’s strike. HB Grandi’s fresher trawlers have made some good landings, and according to Heimir Guðbjörnsson, skipper of Helga María, the fish have been top quality. Helga María has completed two full capacity trips since the end of the strike and was about to leave for its third trip when we spoke to him.
‘We have concentrated on fishing areas here in the south. In the last trip we had 185 tonnes, which is a full capacity trip, made up of saithe, redfish and cod. The saithe have been showing on small patches and there are good catches to be had if you can find them. We had a good catch of saithe at the southern end of the Eldey Bank in the first trip and then at the western end of the Selvogur Bank in the last trip. There are the traditional season grounds, and the fish are fine quality and in top condition,’ he said, commenting that the average weight of their saithe has been between 5 and 6kg and most of the cod has been between 3 and 5kg.
He commented that there is no indication that the cod or saithe have been feeding on capelin, even though there has been a strong migration of capelin around Reykjanes in the last few days.
‘As the fish get closer to spawning, they stop eating, so we expect that there isn’t long before this fish that has been there will spawn,‘ Heimir Guðbjörnsson said.