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Definite difference between Jökulfjördur and Breidafjördur herring

News of the herring caught by Lundey NS in the Jökulfjords in the Ísafjördur Deeps last week has attracted plenty of interest. Lundey’s crew were surprised to find that around 80% of the catch was roe- or milt-bearing. As can be seen from the pictures shown here, there is a great deal of difference between the herring caught by Lundey and herring caught by Faxi RE on Breidafjördur grounds off Stykkishólmur the same day.

Lundey’s catch has now been processed at Vopnafjördur, but production manager Magnús Róbertsson samples were sent to the Marine Research Institute for analysis today.

‘The entire catch went for human consumption production. A small amount was wholefrozen and the rest used to produce flaps  (butterfly fillets),’ said Magnús Róbertsson, and added that some of the catch was unusually large herring of up to 450 grammes.

‘There was quite a heavy roe in the fish and it’s obvious that this isn’t herring that’s going to spawn next summer. But it’s best to wait and see what the scientists’ conclusions. They should be able to tell us from which stock this fish come,’ Magnús Róbertsson said.

Atlanto-Scandian herring usually spawn off the Norwegian coast between February and April, while Icelandic summer-spawning herring tend to spawn in July.

Picture: Herring from Breidafjördur.