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Blue whiting fishery picking up

Ingunn AK is now steaming to Vopnafjördur with a full load of approximately 2000 tonnes on board, and according to skipper Gudlaugur Jónsson, they expect to be alongside around midnight. Ingunn spent 48 hours on fishing grounds south of the Faroe Islands, showing that the blue whiting season is picking up after a slow start.

‘We were about 70 miles south of the Faroes along with three other pelagic boats from Iceland and the Faroes, while the Russian trawlers were working further to the west,’ he said, and commented that the weather had been bad on the fishing grounds. The weather broke as Ingunn arrived, calmed away for a few hours and then worsened again.

‘We were getting up to 20m/sec winds and heavy seas, but we were able to continue fishing. There’s definitely not fishing weather there now and the outlook is that it’ll be two or three days before the weather improves. Faxi RE had 800 tonnes on board earlier today and is on its way in to the Faroes and Lundey NS is sailing from Vopnafjördur after finishing landing.’

According to Gudlaugur Jónsson, this trip’s catch was taken in six hauls and towing times have shortened since the season started.

‘Our shortest tows have been five to six hours and the longest was twelve hours,’ he said.