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Fishing well west of Suðuroy

HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur came to Vopnafjörður last night with 2250 tonnes of blue whiting on board. According to skipper Albert Sveinsson, the catch was taken in seven tows in the southern part of the Faroese EEZ.

‘We took the first haul south west of Suðuroy and then the fishing shifted further north. We finished west of Suðuroy around midday yesterday, and fishing has been very good. There was one poor tow, for just 100 tonnes, but apart from that one we were getting 400 to 500 tonnes for each tow,’ he said, adding that the prospects look good.

‘There’ll certainly be some blue whiting heading into the Icelandic EEZ, but it follows the same patterns as everything else. They follow the currents, thermoclines and feed. The blue whiting down here in the southern area has mainly been very dispersed, and we seek out the patches where they gather into tighter marks.’

Albert Sveinsson said that the surface temperature ranges from 6°C to 8°C, which means that there is a little while before the fishing grounds east of Iceland reach the ideal temperature, and as Víkingur was steaming off Héráðsflói off eastern Iceland the sea temperature was only 4.2°C.

‘We’re pretty satisfied with the season. Fishing is good and the blue whiting have been large, so they’re fine raw material. The quota is getting used up, but I reckon that around Seamen’s Day in June we can take stock of how the prospects look. Whatever happens this year, June wasn’t great last year,’ Albert Sveinsson said.