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Capelin thin on the ground

The has been little capelin fishing over the last few days, according to Lundey NS’s skipper Arnthór Hjörleifsson, and he said that weather conditions have been poor. Lundey sailed on Friday and was located deep east of Vopnafjördur when we spoke to Arnthór Hjörleifsson.

‘There certainly isn’t fishing weather now. There’s a storm and we’re dodging through it. The wind has dropped away, but there’s still a heavy sea running. We could maybe tow a trawl in this, but there’s not much point until the capelin show themselves,’ he said.

He said that Lundey was north of Langanes on Sunday and there were a few signs of capelin, but this was all small fish and not suitable for production.

‘We have around 230 tonnes on board and I expect we’ll be heading for Vopnafjördur Tuesday morning. I don’t know what happens next, but a good few boats have already tied up. Research vessel Árni Fridriksson is searching for capelin off the north coast and they should be east of Langanes tomorrow. As far as I’m aware, they haven’t seen a lot of capelin yet in this trip,’ Arnthór Hjörleifsson said, adding that this is Lundey’s second capelin trip of the year. Ingunn AK is searching on the same grounds as Lundey and Faxi RE is alongside at Vopnafjördur.