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Scarce Breidafjördur herring

Ingunn AK is now steaming to Vopnafjördur with around 800 tonnes of herring on board, caught in seven shots in Breidafjördur and Grundarfjördur yesterday. With a steaming time of approximately 30 hours, according to skipper Gudlaugur Jónsson, estimated docking time is at 2000 tonight.

‘We started fishing in the Kidey sound and shot on a small mark there. Then we went into Grundafjördur and we managed to scratch something together from the small, dispersed marks we found there,’ he said, commenting that it appears there is very little herring to be found in Breidafjördur compared to last year. It should be kept in mind the fleet is fishing there earlier than last year, and the next days and weeks will show how the season for Icelandic domestic summer-spawning herring progresses. This also takes other areas into account, including off the south-east coast, and there are no reports yet that there has been any searching for herring on those grounds.

Lundey NS arrived in Breidafjördur this morning, and according to Gudlaugur Jónsson, at midday there had been no news of catches by Lundey or any of the other pelagic vessels that have been searching there. The herring that has been caught so far has only been visible in daylight from between eight and nine in the morning and into the afternoon. He said that Ingunn’s herring is rather small and samples indicate an average size of 260 to 270 grammes.