‘Saithe are unusually elusive these days. They haven’t been seen on the Westfjords ground, and here off the south coast we’re searching for them. We get the occasional decent haul of saithe, and apart from that we’re searching and searching,’ said Friðleifur Einarsson, skipper of Brim’s fresher trawler Helga María.
He said that they have spent this trip searching on the Eldey Bank, the Reykjanes Shallows and the Mountains.
‘There’s plenty of golden redfish and haddock, but as I said, saithe are scarce. In fact, we’re more or less avoiding haddock, as there seems to be haddock anywhere you dip a trawl in the water,’ he said, adding that they expect to dock in Reykjavík on Thursday.
He estimates that they have 60 tonnes on board.
‘We’d have liked to have done better, but there’s been foul weather the whole time and nowhere to shelter. The weather was particularly bad at the weekend, but we did what we could. We’re just starting to see a few spawning cod, but right now we’re mostly concerned about not catching too much haddock. The fish look to be in fine condition, large, top quality fish,’ Friðleifur Einarsson said.