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Western mackerel has yet to show

‘There hasn’t been much for the last two days and we have been using the time to search. It’s just a question of time when things improve and there’s a large amount of mackerel that has yet to show up as it migrates eastwards,’ said Róbert Axelsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Venus, as they docked this morning in Vopnafjörður with 800 tonnes on board.

‘It’s also the time of year when we start to see more herring, although we try to concentrate on mackerel and avoid herring for as long as possible. It doesn’t seem to be a problem to find herring off the east coast at the moment, but it’s not time to be catching it yet,’ he said, although he said that while they have tried to avoid it, there is a proportion of herring in this catch that looks to be fine quality fish.

Mackerel sizes have been excellent, with recent samples showing 480-500 gramme average weights.

‘We finished this trip deep off Héráðsflói and the furthest south we went this time was the Berufjörður Gully. Mackerel fishing had begun to slow down by the time we started steaming and I hear that the others have all been searching for mackerel marks today. My my feeling is there’s no cause for concern. There has been plenty of mackerel off the west and a large proportion of that fish will find its way east,’ Róbert Axelsson said.