One haul a day
Fishing for blue whiting in Faroese waters has been slow. According to Víkingur skipper Hjalti Einarsson, they are taking long tows and hauling once a day.
'We shot away on the 11th of May, so by the time we hauled last night we had been fishing for four days. Catches have been 250 to 300 tonnes, and at most 370 tonnes,' he said, when Víkingur was in a position east of the Faroe Islands along with other Icelandic pelagic boats. There are others fishing further south, including Venus, while some way to the east, directly south of the Faroe Islands, where most of the Faroese fleet has been at work alongside Russian fishing vessels.
'The blue whiting is still making its way northwards, but we can't see that they're moving in shoals or a dense migration. These are relatively small amounts of fish that we're chasing,' Hjalti Einarsson said, commenting that they expect to be in port as soon as a respectable amount has been caught.