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Good fishing in the Víkuráll

‘We spent the whole time in the Víkuráll Gully, apart from the last haul of the trip in the Nes Deeps. Altogether we had four days of fishing, with steaming, and a catch of 145 tonnes. We caught what we were asked to land for production and that worked out well,’ said fresher trawler Helga María’s skipper Friðleifur Einarsson.

He said that fishing is still good off the south-west, but there is so much golden redfish on those grounds that the fleet has to search out other fishing areas. The quota situation dictates this.

‘The state of the main demersal stocks seems to be very good. We’re mostly targeting saithe, cod and golden redfish at the moment and the catch is kept in line with production ashore so that the quota lasts. I have to agree wholeheartedly that the abundance of haddock in the spring and so far this summer is unprecedented. It doesn’t help that nobody seems to have any idea where all this fish has come from.’

Helga María is sailing again Reykjavík before midnight and the intention is to get in two trips before Seamen’s Day. After that the summer fishery starts and Friðleifur Einarsson said that it wouldn’t be a surprise if Brim’s fresher trawlers were to spend much of their time off the north coast, landing catches in Sauðárkrókur as they did last summer. The advantage of fishing off the north coast is that there is relatively little by-catch with the cod.