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Slow progress on blue whiting

Brim’s pelagic vessel Víkingur docked in Vopnafjörður early this morning with around 1600 tonnes of blue whiting on board, caught east of the Faroe Islands. Not long before, sister ship Venus had landed 2600 tonnes.

‘This was a pretty long trip for us, close to two weeks. I reckon we lost around four days to bad weather. There had been fishing there before we arrived on the fishing grounds, but after that it was very patchy,’ said skipper Albert Sveinsson.

Tows were 20 hours and he said that towards the end they were hauling as little as 20 tonnes.The best haul of the trip yielded 350 tonnes.

‘The blue whiting are heading southwards, but the fish we were catching were medium-sized and seem to be more static than the larger migratory fish. There are measures in place to protect the smallest fish and during the trip there were four or five area closures due to catches of small fish.’

According to Albert Sveinsson, there has been effort put into searching for blue whiting east of the Faroes, but fishing to the west of the islands has had less attention.

‘There are three Faroese pelagic vessels fishing on the edge of the Faroe Bank, and they’ve been fishing steadily,’ he said and added that Víkingur is heading back to fishing grounds as soon as the catch has been discharged.