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Searching for capelin at Grímsey

Two of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels are now searching for capelin around the island of Grímsey where there have been reports of marks in the last few days. Víkingur sailed from Akranes after landing yesterday an is now north of the Westfjords, while Lundey is now of Thistilfjördur after leaving Vopnafjördur this morning.

Lundey’s skipper, Arnthór Hjörleifsson, said that there are indications that capelin is to be found all along the north coats of Iceland, but it remains to be seen if it is there in catchable amounts.

‘The small boat fishermen from Grímsey said that they have been steaming over heavy capelin marks and that the cod they are catching is stuffed with capelin. We have been hearing the same thing elsewhere, including from the Thistilfjördur area, so it’s worth checking out. It may come to nothing, but reports like this have brought results often enough in the past,’ he said and added that in the past he had even been at the Grímsey winter festivals where people had told him of capelin marks at just this time of year. The Grímsey winter festival was held last week and Arnthór Hjörleifsson did not want to confirm whether or not he had been there, or if the news had come to him from that direction.