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100 tonnes for two days’ fishing

Brim’s fresher trawler Viðey is now alongside in Reykjavík and due to sail tonight. Its first trip following the Seamen’s Day break was almost 100 tonne landing after only two days spent fishing.

‘We were in the Hali region of the Westfjords grounds.The catch was practically clean cod and hardly anything of the other species. There’s hardly any saithe to be seen and haddock seem to no longer be getting in our way. Unfortunately we only managed two days’ fishing this time, because the whole fleet was tied up for Seamen’s Day and landings have to be co-ordinated against production,’ said Viðey’s skipper Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson, better known as Elli.

He commented that the situation looks positive. Catches had been good before the Seamen’s Day break and he’s happy with the abundance of cod off the Westfjords. The average fish weight for this trip was 3kg.

In previous summers Brim’s trawlers have fished off the north coast, with much of their catches landed in Sauðárkrókur. Elli said that it’s not possible to tell how this summer will shape up, but it depends on where the fish are to be found. In recent years the Hali grounds have been bare of fish through the summer months, while there has been good fishing further to the east.