Blue whiting fishery slowing down
Brim’s pelagic vessel Víkingur came to Vopnafjörður around midday yesterday with 2500 tonnes of blue whiting on board. According to skipper Hjalti Einarsson, fishing is quiet and catch rates are slowing down.
‘This was our third trip in Faroese waters this spring. We started right at the southern end by the EEZ limit and moved northwards along the bank to the Munk Shallows. From there the fishing moved eastwards and catches were fairly poor by the time we stopped fishing,’ he said, adding that tows are long.
‘Normally tows are 24 hours, or even longer. Catch rates have been reducing steadily and by the time we finished the pelagic boats have been getting around 200 tonnes for 24 hours.’
He commented that there is still a fleet of vessels fishing blue whiting in Faroese waters. There are occasional reports of a good haul, but nobody is filling up in a short trip.