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Ready to start on roe freezing

‘‘We just made it in before the storm hit. Any later and we wouldn’t have been able to get in the harbour,’ said Albert Sveinsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur which docked in Vopnafjörður earlier this week with 900 tonnes of capelin on board. He said that the fish were caught in three shots off the Skarðsfjara Light in the Meðallands Bight..

‘We sailed from Akranes on Monday evening and I was half-expecting a storm to be blowing for the whole trip. The weather wasn’t that bad in the Meðallands Bight. There was a bit of chop, but nothing to worry about. The depression was about to catch up with us, but fortunately we were able to slip in before the weather had come this far east.’ He reported that there is a good amount of capelin in the Meðallands Bight.

‘There is capelin over a wide area, but it’s not in heavy concentrations. We shot three times and the capelin was right on the surface and down to about five fathoms. The depth of water there is 40 to 50 fathoms,’ he said and added that the samples from the catch show a roe percentage of 16-18%. These fish are being landed to be frozen at the factory in Vopnafjörður.

‘There are a few days to go before the roe content will be enough for roe extraction and freezing. However, there’s capelin further west that has a higher roe content. But there has been terrible weather where those fish are which rules out fishing there,’ Albert Sveinsson said.