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Good fishing on saithe, doing well on mackerel

‘I can only say that the fishing has been fantastic. We were on the Hali grounds looking for saithe and had between 80 and 90 tonnes in a very short time. The fish weren’t much mixed, apart from the first haul which was half saithe and half redfish. We haven’t been troubled by cod, and we probably haven’t had more than about two tonnes of cod in the trip,’ said Eiríkur Jónsson, skipper of fresher trawler Sturlaugur H Bödvarsson AK when we spoke to him earlier to as the ship was steaming towards Reykjavík to dock tonight.

Last week Sturlaugur’s crew were fishing for mackerel, going for three trips with a total catch of 160 tonnes.

‘We started on Jöluktunga where we had 50 tonnes of mackerel, and after that we had 110 tonnes in two trips on the Reykjanes Shallows. It’s only five hours steaming time there and it says something that the first trip there was 14 hours and the second one only 12,’ Eiríkur Jónsson said, adding that there is mackerel to be seen over a wide area along the west coast of Iceland. The normal size is 300 to 500 gramme fish, although there are individual fish that weigh up to 800 grammes. The whole catch was landed at Akranes where the fish are individually quick frozen.

This is Sturlaugur H Bödvarsson’s third summer season on mackerel and Eiríkur Jónsson said that this fishing is quite straightforward. They use a Hampidjan Gloria 800 trawl that HB Grandi’s other fresher trawlers also take turns using. Ásbjörn RE is now on mackerel and next Ottó N Thorláksson will step into the role to take the rest of the fresher trawlers’ mackerel quota.