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Good fishing at the weekend

Waters south-east of Iceland were again fruitful fishing grounds last weekend, and like the weekend before, fishing tailed off through Monday. HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels have been fishing well and split their landings between Vopnafjördur and the Faroes.

According to pelagic fleet operations manager Ingimundur Ingimundarson, fishing was on both herring and mackerel south-east of Iceland. Purse seiner Víkingur AK has transported catches from fishing grounds and made two trips to the Faroes at the weekend, first with 1000 tonnes on Friday night and was back in Fuglafjördur the night before last with much the same amount on board. This was the result of catches taken by Faxi RE and Ingunn AK, while Lundey NS was landing 1530 tonnes in Vopnafjördur on Sunday.

Yesterday morning Faxi had 950 tonnes on board, of which 800 tonnes were taken towing with Ingunn on Sunday and 150 tonnes from a single tow with Lundey. By this time, Ingunn had 370 tonnes on board, taken in two hauls after having fished solo  after Lundey arrived back on fishing grounds.

Ingimundur Ingimundarson said that all three pelagic vessels had been searching yesterday for herring and mackerel marks as far as the midline between Icelandic and Faroese EEZs but shifted later in the day to an area around 100 nautical miles east of Hornafjördur.

HB Grandi’s fleet now has approximately 30,000 tonnes left of its Atlanto-Scandian herring quota, of which 6250 tonnes can be taken in Norwegian waters.