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Season at its peak

‘We have been doing well. We have a full fishroom, and it’s best described as a mixed bag. There’s saithe, cod, redfish and haddock, and the season’s at its peak here in the south-west corner,’ said Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson, skipper of fresher trawler Viðey.

The trawler is now alongside in Reykjavík after a successful trip to the Mountains area and the Jökull Deeps, and the overall catch is 200 tonnes. According to Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson, the weather behaved during the trip, although conditions were becoming rough yesterday, just as they had stopped fishing. He said that the weather is expected to moderate today.

‘The season is at its peak and we still have to make our annual visit to the Westman Islands. There’s not much happening anywhere other than here in the south. That’s best seen from the number of trawlers from the north and the east. Things are often quiet off the Westfjords at this time of year, and up there I think there are only the local trawlers Páll Pálsson and Stefnir at work, as well as smaller vessels,’ he said, adding that over the last few weeks they have done well in tracking down saithe.

‘We have had a decent few weeks of fishing for saithe. You can never tell with saithe. It can show up as if from nowhere and we can do well. Then it can vanish just as quickly as it appears,’ Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson said.