Good fishing for herring off eastern Iceland
‘Fishing for herring has been good since the start of the season. There is a lot to be seen and there appears to be a lot of herring on the move,’ said Venus’s skipper Theódór Thórðarson when we spoke to him on Monday as the crew were squaring away after the last haul before setting course for Vopnafjörður.
He commented that there has been poor weather all three days they have been fishing, with heavy seas and one day of storms.
‘We took five hauls and the catch is around 1000 tonnes. The herrings’ behaviour is such that they lie deeper during the day, down as far as 200 fathoms. When it gets towards dusk they rise up as far as 30 metres that’s when it’s easiest for us to handle them,’ Theódór Thórðarson said, adding that this is fine fish, with a 380 to 400 gramme average weight, and zero by-catch.
‘We’re into our third herring trip now and these last few days the herring have stayed further off. Where we end this trip was 130 nautical miles from Norðfjörður and I don’t expect to be in Vopnafjörður earlier than eight tomorrow morning,’ he said.