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Record frozen production at Vopnafjördur

Approximately 12,500 tonnes of capelin have been frozen at HB Grandi’s pelagic factory in Vopnafjördur since New Year and this is a record figure. This leaves last year’s record 9500 tonne figure far behind.

According to Magnús Róbertsson, factory manager at Vopnafjördur, frozen production has exceeded expectations and they have been able to maintain practically full production.

‘Ingunn AK docked at midday with around 1000 tonnes of capelin on board, so we’re fine for raw material,’ he said.

Production of frozen capelin roe for the Japanese market is expected to start at or shortly after next weekend, and Magnús Róbertsson predicted that this would start at HB Grandi’s Akranes factory and would then begin at Vopnafjördur.

‘The roe content of the capelin looks good at around 21-22%, but the maturity of the roe isn’t at the same stage it was at this time last year,’ Magnús Róbertsson said, adding that last year roe extraction and production started at Akranes on the 26th of February. Last year a record 4000 tonnes of capelin roe were frozen by HB Grandi, and this year’s production is not expected to break last year’s record.