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Good capelin fishing in trawl zone

There has been some good fishing on capelin after the fleet was able to get to sea following the bad weather of last weekend and the following few days. HB Grandi’s three pelagic vessels all sailed from Vopnafjördur yesterday, with Lundey NS and Faxi RE in the Héráds Bay area where fishing with pelagic trawls is allowed, while Ingunn AK has gone further south to try its luck purse seining. Faxi was already steaming back to Vopnafjördur this morning with 900 tonnes on board and when we spoke to skipper Arnthór Hjörleifsson on Lundey after midday today, he already had 800 tonnes in the tanks after two tows.

‘The fishing’s looking fine. We sailed yesterday afternoon and took out first haul at the edge of the trawl zone. The capelin are moving fast and it’s clear that there is a sizeable amount that will show up further east and south along the coast,’ he said as the trawl was in the water for the third tow of the trip that he was confident would be enough to take their allocation for the factory at Vopnafjördur.

According to the regulations, the capelin boats can fish with pelagic trawl gear as far south as 65°15’N, and we spoke to Arnthór when he was 40 miles north of the line.

‘We should be able to do well with the trawl in the next few days of things don’t change too much. The capelin we are getting now is smaller than the fish we were seeing earlier in the season, but these are still good-sized fish and compared to the season before last, these are big fish. These are clearly fish that have been feeding well over the last year,’ Arnthór Hjörleifsson said.