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Ingunn takes 1000 tonne capelin catch

Ingunn AK is now steaming to Vopnafjördur with 1000 tonnes of capelin on board, caught off the south-east of Iceland in seven shots yesterday. According to skipper Gudlaugur Jónsson, they had to work hard for their fish this time.

‘There were no strong marks, and when we damaged the purse seine, we had to fall back on using the spare set of gear. In the last shot yesterday just before dinner, everything came together at last. The tide turned and we took 300 tonnes of capelin in that shot,’ he said.
Now it seems that the capelin are migrating into shallow waters off the south-east coast and Gudlaugur Jónsson says he is confident for the rest of the season.

‘There’s no point taking too much notice of what’s happened in the last few days. There have been too few pelagic boats at sea for that. When we started steaming for Vopnafjördur last night, we could see capelin marks over a wide area, off Ingólfshöfdi and the Hrollaugs Islands, and I even heard from a boat that was reporting capelin marks in the Lónsbugt area. As things are at the moment, it looks like this is the migration, as this is the largest capelin on the move here. Other areas have hardly been checked yet. Looking at the condition of the fish, I can only be optimistic and wouldn’t be surprised if we get a western migration this year as well. It’s also a positive point that there has been some capelin inside Eyjafjördur at this time of year. This hasn’t happened for many years although it wasn’t unusual in the past,’ Gudlaugur Jónsson said.

The capelin being caught off the south-east of Iceland has a roe content of around 15%, which is normal for the time of year. In previous years the roe fishery has been around the end of February, although the accepted date for it is used to be 3rd of March.

Lundey NS is on its way to the fishing grounds and Faxi RE is at Vopnafjördur. Faxi has landed a 600-tonne trip after being at sea until the weekend, and the landing is expected to be complete late tonight.