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Capelin fishing looking good

This year’s capelin fishing started well with a 900 tonne first landing at Vopnafjördur last Thursday by Lundey NS. This was followed by Faxi RE and Ingunn AK between them delivering a further 2500 tonnes, with an 1100 tonne second landing by Lundey now being discharged.

According to Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, head of department at HB Grandi’s pelagic division, the fishing area at the moment is around 100 nautical  miles ENE of Vopnafjördur, He said that production has been going well and they can freeze capelin over 25 grammes, or fewer than 40 pieces per kilo. These larger fish account for approximately 25-30% of the volumes landed, and so far around 1000 tonnes have been frozen at the Vopnafjördur factory.

Faxi is now on the way with 800 tonnes of capelin on board and is due to dock at Vopnafjördur later today. Ingunn is at sea. Weather conditions have been poor since yesterday evening and the forecast for the next two days does not look good.