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Akranes factory re-starts production

Production started this morning at HB Grandi’s fishmeal factory in Akranes after a long break when pelagic vessel Faxi RE last night started land between a catch of between 1400 and 1500 tonnes of herring caught in Breidafjördur. More herring is expected at Akranes shortly.

‘Production was been suspended after we finished producing from blue whiting last spring,’ said production manager Almar Sigurjónsson when we spoke to him earlier today as production was starting up.
He says that the plant can handle between 900 and 1000 tonnes of raw material per day, although he expected production to be fairly slow to begin with and for the plant to be run on double shifts to begin with.

HB Grandi has a 4500 tonne share of the initial quota for Icelandic summer-spawning herring and this is roughly equivalent to one trip each for the company’s three pelagic vessels. There are hopes that the quota will be increased, based on research into the state and strength of the stock.

Lundey NS is now taking part in research into the herring in the Kolluál fishing grounds, organised by the Marine Research Institute and according to Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, head of HB Grandi’s pelagic division, Lundey will be taking part in this for two days, after which Faxi will take its place. The company’s third pelagic vessel, Ingunn AK, is now fishing herring in Breidafjördur.