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Blue whiting fishing ended for this year

HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels Venus and Víkingur have finished fishing for blue whiting this year. 

The final landings were in Eskifjörður at the end of last week as work is currently in progress to upgrade the HB Grandi fishmeal plant in Vopnafjörður. These last landings totalled 3000 tonnes.

‘We can say that the blue whiting fishing came to an end by itself at this point. Now Christmas is ahead of us just as a four-day storm is forecast and fishing has been slow. So it was decided it was time to head for home, even though we only had 800 tonnes on board, and to call it a day for this year. There’s some quota left that we can use up next year,’ said Hjalti Einarsson.

He commented that the next steps are unclear, but they will be in port in Reykjavík over Christmas and New Year.

‘It’s very positive that there have been sightings of capelin on Westfjords fishing grounds, but we won’t find out what the quotas are likely to be until the research survey assesses the capelin stock next month,’ he said.