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Good fishing – weather permitting

HB Grandi’s factory trawler Höfrungur III docked in Reykjavík early this morning after a four-week trip. This trip’s catch was a green weight of 860 tonnes, resulting in around 540 tonnes of frozen products. There was one half-landing during the trip to offload, and that was on 12th March.

‘It’s been a pretty normal trip, apart from the unbroken spell of heavy weather for the last ten days. There wasn’t much fishing during those days and last Wednesday we just dodged without shooting the trawl. The weather cleared up during the night and then yesterday we were back to foul weather again with a 20 m/sec wind speed. It’s noticeable that such a long spell of bad weather doesn’t do the crew any good,’ said skipper Haraldur Árnason.

He said that Höfrungur III spend the whole trip on south-west fishing grounds.

‘There was less cod to be seen that I had expected, and we can say the same about saithe. The cod should have shown up on the Toe on the outer edge of the Selvogur Bank, but it wasn’t there in any large amounts. On the other hand, we had some cod on the Eldey Bank and in the Jökull Deeps where we also saw some saithe and haddock. The cod’s migration pattern seems to have changed and there are opinions that this is due to the capelin, or rather, a lack of capelin off the south and west.’

Haraldur Árnason said that the trawlers from the north have been fishing on south-western grounds, especially in the Jökull Deeps for much of this month, but have since gone back north.

‘Trawlers such as Gullver and Ljósafell that have been mainly fishing for cod haven’t been seen here in the west. That’s because there’s decent cod fishing off the east coast,’ he said, and commented that what also discourages others from fishing the south-west grounds is a shortage of quota for golden redfish.

‘There’s a lot of golden redfish, and it’s a problem for a lot of people in that it’s so widespread. On the other hand, it’s difficult to find deep redfish,’ Haraldur Árnason said.