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Strong showing of north coast cod

HB Grandi’s fresher trawler Akurey made a 130 tonne landing in Sauðárkrókur Yersterday. This is Akurey’s second landing in Sauðárkrókur, with the catch trucked to Reykjavík for processing.

At this time of year the company’s fresher trawlers have normally been fishing Westfjords grounds, but Akurey’s skipper Eiríkur Jónsson said that there has been little to no cod to be seen there all summer.

‘It looks like there’s a shortage of feed for the fish off the Westfjords. There’s no capelin, so the fish go elsewhere,’ he said, and added that this time they started fishing on the lava grounds north of Kolbeinsey, which is a roughly eight-hour steam from Sauðárkrókur.

‘The cod there was at first quite dispersed, but the fishing was good once we had found cod in amounts worth catching. We sailed on Thursday afternoon, so we had four days’ fishing. We finished up on the Sporðagrunn, and from there it’s five hours’ steaming to Sauðárkrókur.’

He said that Viðey was also fishing on the same grounds, and they are on their third trip that has been landed in Sauðárkrókur. Eiríkur and his crew were not planning to stop for long, with departure scheduled for 1600.

‘We’re supposed to be fishing for cod and while that continues it’s convenient to work from here. It only takes three and a half hours to get the fish to Reykjavík by truck, so this is fresh, good-quality raw material,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said.