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Herring fishery on the home stretch

There is little remaining of the Icelandic quota for Atlanto-Scandian herring and the operators of many pelagic vessels have already switched to searching for blue whiting off the east coast. HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur is now in its last herring trip and according to skipper Hjalti Einarsson, fishing has been reasonable.

‘We have had to chase the herring eastwards and were on the fishing grounds early Tuesday morning. We had two tows on Tuesday, 200 to 220 tonnes each, but today we haven’t been able to fish as the weather is terrible,’ he said when we spoke with him on Wednesday, adding that in general, he is satisfied with the herring season.

‘There has been good fishing and large, good-quality herring, but the weather has made things tough for us,’ he said.

As well as Víkingur, Álsey is also fishing. Venus is alongside in Vopnafjörður, and Hjalti Einarsson reckoned that Víkingur has one more trip on herring. After that, things are uncertain.

‘Hopefully they’ll find blue whiting in enough volume for fishing, and then of course everyone anticipates the capelin season. Another survey has yet to take place and we hope it will show some results,’ he said.