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130 tonnes of cod in 48 hours

Fresher trawler Viðey is fishing on the edge of the Strandagrunn grounds and according to skipper Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson, known as Elli, fishing looks promising in spite of heavy weather. The last trip was also on the Strandagrunn grounds, after which Viðey landed 130 tonnes of cod for only 48 hours’ fishing.

‘The weather has been rough these last few days, but it was fine the days we spent fishing in the last trip,’ he said.

Last summer Viðey was fitted out with an additional trawl winch for twin-rig trawling, after sister trawler Akurey had undergone a similar refit. During the last trip two trawls were used, but Elli commented that they have to consider conditions and whether they can use both sets of gear.

‘The sea state is one consideration and the wind is another. We have to assess how we plan to tow, depending on the tide and the other factors. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to work both trawls.’
He said that there is little to zero by-catch on the Strandagrunn grounds. A few other trawlers are at work in the same area, and others are further west in the Thveráll Gully. There’s no sign of capelin in the Strandagrunn area.

‘We saw capelin inside the cod we were catching on the banks to the west a few days ago. It seems that the cod here are searching for capelin, and they’re not the only ones,’ Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson said.