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Capelin freezing starts up at Vopnafjördur

HB Grandi’s pelagic factory in Vopnafjördur this morning began freezing capelin from the first landing of the season. 500 tonnes of capelin is being discharged by Ingunn AK after docking early this morning and according to factory manager Magnús Róbertsson, most of the landing is suitable for human consumption.

‘Production has started well. This is good quality, large capelin and this morning we started processing fish form the first shots of the trip.The largest capelin is in the 25 to 35 per kilo grade, but the average looks to be close to 33-34 per kilo. On the other hand, we know that the capelin caught later in the trip is smaller, but we’ll see how the fish grade as we get further with processing it,’ Magnús Róbertsson said, and added that grading is going well and by this afternoon high percentage of the fish processed had gone to freezing.

He said that with the present pace of production, they can expect to freeze roughly 400 tonnes per day with around 65 people working shifts in the freezing division. Ingunn’s catch should keep the factory busy until tomorrow, while Lundey NS is at sea again after having been forced to seek shelter due to bad weather, and according to Magnús Róbertsson, Lundey had 360 tonnes of capelin on board this morning.