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Mackerel picking up south of Hvalbak

HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur docked this morning in Vopnafjörður with 900 tonnes on board, of which 750 tonnes are mackerel. According to skipper Hjalti Einarsson, fishing for mackerel has fluctuated and there have been a few good shots.

Yesterday the fleet was aware of a good amount of mackerel south of Hvalbak and that’s where most of the fleet has been.

‘We were quite a way further east when we heard that there was mackerel breaking the surface south of Hvalbak. We didn’t get there until yesterday evening, and we managed one 260 tonne haul before we started steaming to Vopnafjörður,’ he said.

He commented that herring as a by-catch with the mackerel have not been a problem so far, although there was some herring in one haul taken further east in this trip.

‘We try to keep clear of herring when we’re fishing for mackerel, as the targeted fishery for herring doesn’t start until the mackerel season has ended,’ Hjalti Einarsson said, adding that he expects it will take two days to land Víkingur’s fish so they will not be able to sail again until Thursday.