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Difficult conditions on herring grounds

‘It’s as awkward as it can get. It’s blowing hard constantly off the sea and the herring are right off the shore. We’re in the Kidey Sound, half a ship’s length off an island and while the marks we’re seeing look good, it’s very hard to manoeuvre here,’ said Gudlaugur Jónsson, skipper of HB Grandi’s purser-trawler Ingunn AK, when we spoke to him on Friday afternoon.

Ingunn had then been on the herring grounds for 24 hours under tough conditions, with a 20m/sec north or north-easterly wind and a heavy current, but in spite of these difficulties, Gudlaugur and his crew have managed to fill Ingunn’s tanks with 1000 tonnes of fish in two shots.

‘The tide’s rising now. This is what’s making things awkward and it makes it a real headache to handle the fishing gear,’ Gudlaugur Jónsson said, and added that the herring they have caught so far is good-sized fish.
Ingunn has another 500 tonnes to catch to take the quota, and he said that he had every expectation that this would be achieved quickly, as he brought our conversation to a rapid end when a tempting mark appeared on the sonar in a good place to shoot the seine.