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Blue whiting: fishing could be heavier

‘It hasn’t been bad, but there’s no heavy fishing. There isn’t the fish on the grounds, and we can’t rule out that the blue whiting could be migrating further to the east than in previous years, and be by-passing us. We have reports of fishing for blue whiting to the south of us in Scottish waters, and we’re hoping that they’re simply on the move later than we’re used to seeing,’ said Theódór Thórðarson, skipper of Brim’s pelagic vessel Venus when they were still a few hours from docking in Vopnafjörður.

This time Venus had 2700 tonnes of blue whiting in its tanks.

‘We had this fish in eight tow, and the largest haul was 510 tonnes. Towing time is 15 to 20 hours, and this is work that calls for patience. We are mostly towing on the ridge at the southern end of the Faroese EEZ and the blue whiting are often at 300 to 400 metres. Marks are often poor and a lot of the time we’re towing on the dust we see on the sounder. Occasionally there’s strong mark that shows up, but in general the blue whiting seem to be very dispersed,’ he said, commenting that there are few reports of any fishing further to the north and closer to the Faroe Islands.

‘We heard a few days ago that two boats had been fishing well on the Monk Shallows, but the amount wasn’t that much that there would have been enough for more trawlers to be fishing there.’

Theódór Thórðarson commented that there are hopes of livelier fishing and added that at this time last year there was very good fishing further north, closer to the Faroes.

‘There are a few boats that have dropped into some heavy fishing. But in general, it has been pretty slow and I hope that indicates the migration is later than usual. We’ll find out over the next few days,’ Theódór Thórðarson said.