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Good mackerel fishing in international waters

It’s rare to see both of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels alongside in Vopnafjörður at the same time, but it happened last Monday when Víkingur docked before Venus had let go its ropes to sail. Both have been fishing for mackerel in the international zone between Iceland and Norway, known as the Herring Loophole, and according to Venus’s skipper Róbert Axelsson, fishing has been good.

‘Both vessels have completed two trips in the Herring Loophole and easily caught what’s needed for production. In our first trip we had 1000 tonnes in less than 24 hours and the second trip was much the same. That time we had good fishing to begin with, before the weather took a turn for the worse and once the storm had passed it took us a while to find the fish again,’ he said, adding that it is not easy to keep track of the mackerel once it migrates into deeper water unless there are more boats also searching for it.

He said that the mackerel they have been catching in the Herring Loophole so far has been smaller than the fish caught earlier this summer in home waters.

‘The mackerel we have been catching in the Herring Loophole is in fine condition, and now I’ve been hearing that there are reports of large sized mackerel to be had at the northern edge. I don’t have our remaining quota figures to hand, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if we were to have one more trip each in the Herring Loophole before the herring fishery opens,’ Róbert Axelsson said.