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Followed herring east to the Loophole

‘Right now we’re laid to right on the 200 mile limit and on the edge of the Herring Loophole. If everything works out, we should be able to start fishing tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest. It all depends when Ingunn gets here, as this time we’re towing opposite them,’ said Albert Sveinsson, skipper of Faxi RE.

Faxi has been on fishing grounds since Lundey NS departed at the weekend to land in Vopnafjördur. Weather is good and Albert Sveinsson said that there are seven Icelandic vessels fishing along the line on one side of it or the other.
The herring have been moving rapidly eastwards on a course for the Norwegian EEZ.

‘Fishing has been up and down recently. Some have had good results in a short time and others have had to work harder for their fish. We spent two days searching for herring last week and finally found our fish north east of the slope off Langanes and from there we have followed the herring all the way out here to the 200-mile line,’ he said, commenting that the herring has been restless this summer.

‘But we’ve still had a fine season. We have managed to fish pretty much all of our quota in home waters and it has been a great help that we haven’t often been far from Vopnafjördur. Good weather steaming home is important for the quality of the fish, as well as being able to steam a fairly short distance to discharge,’ he said.

As we have already reported, each of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels is scheduled to make one more landing in Vopnafjördur. But what’s next?

‘It’s hard to say. We’re hoping that we can fish on pearlside as we did last winter, and hopefully we’ll be able to catch some of the Icelandic summer-spawning herring, but we won’t know anything until after the Marine Research Institute’s cruise in the autumn. Then we’re hoping that there’ll be capelin fishing in the New Year,’ Albert Sveinsson said.