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First mackerel to Vopnafjörður

‘As usual the mackerel fishing has got off to a slow start. We had 300 tonnes in four hauls south and south-east of the Westman Islands, and when the weather worsened it was decided to steam with the fish to Vopnafjörður,’ said Bergur Einarsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Venus. He expected to be alongside in Vopnafjörður before midnight last night.

The mackerel season in Icelandic waters is formally open and the fleet is allowed by the authorities to take a total of 140,000 tonnes of mackerel. According to Bergur Einarsson, the mackerel are a good size and look good, although the fish can be expected to gain weight over the summer. The fish from the four hauls had an average weight of 420 to 460 grammes.

‘It’s blowing along the whole of the south coast and there’s a storm out there at the moment. I know that the crew on board Víkingur are waiting impatiently for the weather to moderate, and although we searched eastwards all along the edge steaming off the fishing grounds, it’s not fishing weather right now.’

Bergur Einarsson is on board Venus for his first trip, and previously skippered Hoffell. So we asked his opinion of the ship.

‘This one’s a dream. In size it’s a step up from Hoffell, which is also a fine ship. Here it feels like stepping onto a cruise liner, and I’m fully aware that there’s plenty to learn here. There’s a big job ahead,’ Bergur Einarsson said.